City hall is asking Calgarians who live in apartments and condos to pick one of three possible future recycling strategies.

At a series of open houses this month — and in an online forum — the city is asking Calgarians to weigh in on which option should be pursued:

  • a bylaw that mandates recycling
  • a city co-ordinated, privately-serviced program
  • or a city co-ordinated mix of public and private collection services

But according to Shirley Whitfield, who lives in a townhouse in McKenzie Towne, it would be easier and more efficient for people like her to continue recycling on their own.

"Well, frankly, I don’t like any of the three options," she said.

"We would just like to leave it with the community bins, because we go there monthly. It’s no big deal for us to drop off our recycling."

"So I feel like I’m being forced to pay for a service I don’t need and a service the city already provides," she added.

The three options were selected through stakeholder consultations last year.

The waste and recycling department is scheduled to recommend a strategy to council next year.

City hall hopes to roll out a new multi-family recycling program by 2015 to 2017.

The next open house is on April 27 at Sunalta Community Hall at 1627 10th Ave. S.W. from 1-4 p.m. MT.