Are Regina Residents CartSmart?
This fall, the City is launching the CartSmart Program to educate residents on proper recycling right at the curb. The CartSmart Team will visit neighbourhoods to perform quick visual checks in blue carts on collection day and leave a cart tag or sticker letting residents know how well they’re sorting.
“In 2018, we conducted market research that suggests residents would recycle more frequently if they better understood what to recycle,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “This Curbside Recycling Education Pilot Program aims to build our recycling education and awareness campaigns. Recycling is worth the effort to protect the environment for future generations and increase the life of our Landfill.”
The program aims to encourage behaviour change through direct feedback and to thank residents who are sorting properly. Residents who have placed unacceptable items or improperly prepared material will receive an “Oops” tag with helpful tips.
Residents who have recycled the right stuff will receive a “Good job” sticker on their cart.
“For the last three years, on average, 11 per cent of material in the recycling cart is not recyclable,” said Pat Wilson, Director of Water, Waste and Environmental Services. “The City is focused on increasing the amount of waste we divert from the landfill and decreasing unacceptable items in the recycling cart. Educating residents at the curb is another great way to increase proper sorting of household waste.”
The only case in which a cart will not be collected (i.e. cart is turned) is if hazardous material is visible. This is due to liability and safety concerns for collecting hazardous material.
Visit Regina.ca/waste for more information.