Calgary Blue Cart Recycling - A Success Story?

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.)


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