Starting in spring 2012, Calgary will be adding to its reputation as a green city by trying out a composting program for waste such as those in effect in many other Canadian cities. City council voted unanimously to begin the program next year.
If the program proves to be workable for the parts of the city that the testing is taking place in, then the program will be utilized across the whole city within the next 3 to 5 years. A big part of the reason that it will take Calgary this long to enact this program across the whole city is that an adequate facility needs to be built, which will take some time to complete.
This is could be a great step forward towards the city’s goal of having 80% of waste not ending up in landfills by the year 2020.
Items you can compost in your own yard will differ from those that can be composted in a facility due to the method used. Home composting generally avoids things like meat scraps and/or cooked items due to the possibility of attracting vermin. However, it is totally fine to put these in your community compost bin.
Items that you can put in a community compost bin:
- Food scraps of every kind
- Paper, including food soiled paper towels and cardboard (which aren’t recyclable)
- Waxed cardboard containers from milk and ice cream
- Houseplants or cut flowers
Material that you cannot put in your community compost bin include: any type of plastic, glass, metal, Styrofoam, yard waste, grass clippings, disposable diapers, pet droppings, cigarettes, fabric, or hair.
More information will be made available to Calgary residents as the beginning of the program gets closer to starting.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®