Calgary to consider 'pay as you throw' for garbage pickup
Pilot program would track black bin use, rewarding those with less trash
The City of Calgary will explore a pay-as-you-throw program for garbage pickup aimed at rewarding those who toss less trash.
If implemented, the program would use existing identification chips in black bins to track how often garbage is picked up from homes, with lower bills for those who put out their bins less frequently.
The idea is to encourage Calgarians to waste less by offering a financial incentive. It's the flip side of a program that allows payment of a surcharge if citizens have more garbage than what fits in a black bin.
For now, however, the pay-as-you-throw program is just a concept.
The city will explore the idea with Calgarians and report back to council in 2021 on whether to go further, implementing a tracking database and new billing system for a one-year pilot.
That database and billing system could cost between $800,000 and $1.1 million.
No other major North American city has a similar program, so there's no comparable data for the city to use. But administration told city council that a small community in Quebec has successfully implemented a similar program.