The recent blast of snow and cold is a reminder of what’s to come over the next few months. As we see green thumbs pack away their gardening tools for another year, the green cart will also shift to a new collection schedule.
As the weather grows colder, the City is preparing for the move to bi-weekly collection of green carts says James Nicholls, Collections Manager, Waste & Environment department
“Residents who have green carts can expect to see their cart collected every other week starting the week of November 6,” says Nicholls. “This seasonal approach to collection accounts for variations we see in yard waste generation and addresses what we’ve been calling the “yuck” or odour factor experienced during the warmer months. I’d encourage all residents to download the Lethbridge Loop for cart collection reminders. It takes the guesswork out of which cart you have to set out on your collection days.”
The app is free to download for both Apple and Android devices and offers residents the opportunity to receive alerts about planned services that may affect their home and neighbourhood. The app will send a reminder directly to your phone indicating which cart needs to be set out on collection day. The app can also advise when snow routes are activated, planned power outages are scheduled in addition to other planned City service reminders like spring street sweeping.
For those residents who would like to learn more about the Lethbridge Loop app, the City will have a pop-up booth at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) on Thursday, November 9. Staff will be at the LSCO from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with giveaways, information and assistance to help equip residents with the free smartphone tool.
Roughly 85 per cent of residents have been participating in the green cart program since it was rolled out to curbsides six months ago. Estimated diversion data shows almost 4,000 tonnes of organic waste has been diverted from the landfill thanks to green carts in the first six months of the curbside organics program. This averages out to approximately 120 kgs of waste, per household.
These promising results aid in contributing to the work being done to meet the City’s waste diversion targets. Set in 2018, City Council created a waste diversion target that aims to divert 50 per cent of the waste generated in Lethbridge by 2030.
“We’re really pleased with how the program has been adopted by the community so far,” says Mandi Parker, General Manager, Waste & Environment department. “We want to thank residents for being so willing to try something new to help benefit the entire community. Our focus is now on finding ways to increase those diversion numbers and strive towards our overall waste diversion targets.”