The CartSmart results are in!
The City’s CartSmart Team took to the streets this fall to find out if Regina residents were recycling the right stuff. Special thanks go out to residents for being open to feedback and learning what items are accepted in the recycling cart.
Over 2,000 carts were assessed during the program with the following results:
- 28% of recycling carts received ‘Good Job’ stickers
- 72% of recycling carts received an “Oops” tags
- 36% of carts with “Oops” tags made improvements when revisited
“Residents have told us that they would recycle more if they were more confident about what can and can’t go in the recycling cart. Residents were very receptive to the program and eager to learn,” said Pat Wilson, Director of Water, Waste and Environmental Services. “The program was very successful recognizing good recycling behaviour and educating residents about items that don’t belong in the blue cart.”
The most common recycling mistakes found in the blue carts:
- 44% - Stretchy plastic bags and film (plastic bags, plastic wrap)
- 26% - Crinkly plastic packaging (chip bags, cereal bags, zipper pouches)
- 21% - Plastic products without #1-7 symbol (bulky plastic, food containers, coat hangers)
- 15% - Styrofoam (packaging, food containers)
- 14% - Tissue/paper towel/napkins
- 11% - Material in plastic bags
- 10% - Paper disposable cups (waxed paper cups)
Things to remember when recycling:
- Keep recyclables loose in your cart
- Don’t bag or stack items
- Rinse your recycling containers
- Don’t let carts overflow
Next year, watch for the CartSmart Team coming to a neighbourhood near you.
Visit Regina.ca/waste for more information.