In July 2009 the City of Calgary introduced the Blue Cart Recycling program. The question is, has it been successful? Well the results are in and the answer is a resounding YES! In the three years between July 2009 to July 2012 (no data is available for the past year) Calgarians recycled a staggering 208,125,000 kilograms (that is 208 million kgs or over 450 million pounds folks) of material. Yikes! That is a lot.
Here are some other interesting (albeit useless) facts:
- As a result of the program over 20,000 garbage truck loads have not been buried in the landfills
- Calgarians have recycled 178,582,000 kg of paper and cardboard, enough to save over 3,000,000 trees and make 250,000,000 notebooks
- 4,872,000 kg of food cans have been recycled
- 9 of every 10 households use the Blue Cart service
- 90% of Calgarians say they are satisfied with the service, and
- 95% say recycling is important
All of this sounds like a success story to me. For more information go to the City of Calgary Recycling page. A list of drop off locations for electronic recycling can be found by clicking HERE.
(Note: All facts and statistics from the City of Calgary Blue Cart Recycling web site.)