Now accepting pet waste in residential organics carts

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Starting April 1, residents can put pet waste in their residential organics carts.

Since the organics program launched in 2014, residents have expressed that they wanted the program expanded to accept pet waste.

“This initiative supports Council’s strategic priority of reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “We’re appreciative of resident’s engagement and participation in the program and are pleased to be able to make this change based on their feedback.”

Acceptable pet waste includes pet feces, cat litter and bedding for pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs etc. Pet waste will be accepted either loose or within a certified compostable or paper bag.

“In recent negotiations with our organics processors, we stipulated that pet waste was to be an accepted material,” said Susan Grimm, Team Leader, Waste and Recycling Services. “Putting pet waste in organics carts versus garbage is economically beneficial as disposal costs for organics are 50 per cent less than disposal at the landfill.”

Pet waste will not be accepted in organics receptacles in city parks because a different contractor processes the material. If you have questions, please call Waste and Recycling directly at 403.948.0246 or visit www.airdrie.ca/petwaste for more information.

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Media contact:

Susan Grimm
Team Leader, Waste & Recycling Services
403.948.8800 ext 6296

 

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