Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

James Ereiser

How Might We

... facilitate the proper use of the City of Calgary composting system?



In order for the City to reach their 70% waste diversion target by the year 2025, Calgarians need to quickly adopt and start properly using the Green Cart Program.

This year, with the introduction of the Green Cart Program in the City of Calgary, home owners are now tasked with separating their waste into organics. The City of Calgary estimates around 65% of all waste is compostable; 36% is food waste and 29% is leaf and yard waste.

The average Calgarian does try to actively participate in the new system but is not educated in the topic or motivated enough to accurately separate their waste. An increase in both knowledge and motivation may lead to greater adoption of the system.