Growing our green skills

July 16, 2014 / For Immediate Release


AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie would like to thank residents for the great success of the organics program thus far. Now that citizens have learned the basics, it is time to sharpen Airdrie’s green skills.

“Residents have done an amazing job recycling their organics and we look forward to helping everyone become more green cart savvy,” says Tracey Chala, Waste and Recycling Services team leader.

During the month of July, staff will leave an orange tag if they notice carts placed improperly or non-organic materials are in the cart. Carts will still be collected as this is an effort to educate and help residents improve their green skills. However, starting in August, tagged carts will no longer be collected. The green cart will be collected the following week providing the error is corrected.

“Contamination, or placing materials that are not organics into your green cart, can lead to our material being rejected,” says Chala. “It also reduces the quality of the end compost.”

It is also important that green carts are placed properly to ensure the contractor can pick up the carts safely and efficiently. The automated arm of the truck has a limited reach and drivers don’t want to damage vehicles, fences or other property trying to get at a cart placed on the curb or backwards.

“The first three months of the program have been very successful; in fact in the month of June, we collected more organics than garbage - way to go Airdrie!” added Chala.

For more information visit, call 403.948.0246 or email


Media Contact:

Tracey Chala
Team Leader, Waste & Recycling Services
403.948.8800 ext. 6296



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