The CartSmart Program is Back! New technology being piloted to check blue carts
The City of Regina is continuing the CartSmart Program to help encourage proper garbage and recycling sorting, and to gather information on common recycling mistakes.
“The City is focused on increasing the amount of waste we divert from the landfill through public education. When the wrong items are placed in the recycling cart, they can injure workers at the recycling facility, lower the quality of good recyclables and damage sorting equipment,” said Executive Director of Citizen Services Kim Onrait. “This year, we’re excited to be piloting new technology and expanding the program thanks to Regina-based company Prairie Robotics.”
Starting this week through to the end of October, the City will use a new automated technology developed by Prairie Robotics to check blue carts, moving away from visual checks physically completed by staff.
A camera installed on a recycling truck will take an image of the blue cart contents when it is emptied and then software will track items that don’t belong. If an unacceptable item is spotted, an “Oops” mailout will be delivered to the household regarding the incorrect item(s) with helpful tips. This new technology will allow the City to educate more residents – increasing the number of blue carts checked from 2,000 in 2020 to 10,000 in 2021.
The success of the City’s recycling program depends on resident participation and support. It’s important for Regina residents to recycle the right stuff and keep unrecyclable items out of the blue cart.
Visit Regina.ca/waste for a complete list of items that can go into your blue cart. If you’re not sure how to sort an item, use the Waste Wizard tool to find out how to recycle or dispose of it.
Did you know? In 2020, the annual curbside recycling contamination rate was 9.5 per cent - the lowest ever!