Organics program sees early success

June 9, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Only nine weeks since the first green cart pick up, the success of the organics recycling program is already apparent with a 25 per cent decrease in waste for the month of May.

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those citizens who have taken the time to learn how to recycle their organics and participated in the program,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “The stats are showing that this program is working and it’s our citizens who have made it such a great success.”

“The reduction in waste collected is right in line with our expectations at this point in the program,” says Kathleen Muretti, Manager of Waste & Recycling Services. “We expect an even higher diversion rate over the summer months as yard waste diverted through this program is removed from regular household waste,” says Muretti.

In May, 2013, the average amount of waste collected per house hold was 0.059MT. That dropped to 0.044 MT in May 2014.

In May, 496 MT of organics were recycled rather than landfilled. This calculates into a savings of $28,280 in disposal costs. These savings were anticipated and were included as a credit in residents’ 2014 monthly garbage disposal fee.

“The number of carts put out each week continues to increase as more and more residents jump on board and see the benefits of the program,” says Muretti.

In the nine weeks since the start of the program, the average household has had seven green cart pick ups.


Media contact:
Kathleen Muretti
Manager, Waste & Recycling
403.948.8800 ext. 6412



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