Amid concerns that people are still sending too much recyclable material to the landfill, the City of Regina will be rolling out smaller garbage carts this year.
They will be optional and only available to a relatively small number of homeowners, but they're coming, the city says.
In 2011, Regina began introducing the beige rollout carts. With a capacity of 360 litres, they were considerably smaller than the back-alley bins they replaced.
The city also launched a recycling program, distributing blue 360-litre recycling bins to homeowners. The city says the program is working — in that less household waste is going to the dump.
However, an audit has determined that bottles, cans and other recyclable material is still going into the beige bins — about 20 per cent of the time.
'A smaller cart will provide residents with the opportunity to demonstrate their social and environmental awareness to reduce waste.'- report to public works and infrastructure committee
So, the city is going to try smaller garbage bins. It's going to give people the choice of selecting a 240-litre cart instead, in cases where the old carts get broken or in new neighbourhoods that are just getting garbage service.
"Although no financial incentive will be offered at this time, the option to select a smaller cart will provide residents with the opportunity to demonstrate their social and environmental awareness to reduce waste," a report going to the city's public works and infrastructure committee later this week says.
The smaller carts will still work with the existing trucks that do weekly pickups, the city says.
Switching to a smaller cart will not be mandatory — at least for now.
No date was provided for when the small carts will be made available.