CartSmart Team Hitting the Streets
After a successful pilot in 2019, the CartSmart team will be visiting select neighbourhoods again this fall to help residents recycle right at the curb. The team will be safely doing quick checks of recycling carts to encourage proper sorting and gather information on common mistakes.
Of the materials received in recycling carts, 10 per cent continue to be items that are not included in the City’s recycling program. The CartSmart initiative encourages behaviour change through direct feedback, while also thanking residents who are sorting their recycling properly. Residents who have placed unacceptable items or improperly prepared material in their blue cart will receive an “Oops” tag with helpful tips. Residents who have recycled the right stuff will receive a “Good job” sticker.
This year, the team will also be expanding their education efforts to help reduce litter in neighbourhood streets and alleys. If material is placed outside of the carts or carts are not pulled back onto property, a tag will be placed with tips to prevent litter.
The goals of the expanded Curbside Education Program are focused on:
- Encouraging proper recycling habits.
- Encouraging residents to help keep our city clean.
- Decrease contamination (unacceptable items) in the blue cart.
- Decrease the number of blue and brown carts left set out 24 hours after collection day.
- Decrease the number of overfilled carts.
Visit Regina.ca/waste for more information.
Did you know? In 2019, the CartSmart Team did visual checks of blue carts at 2,657 households over a six-week period.