What we've experienced
One of the major concerns we've heard from our residents is that the stubborn southern Alberta wind will blow over their recycling and it will end up down the street. Curbside recycling does pose different challenges than garbage collection because the items need to be loose in the cart rather than bagged. On a windy day, this could mean a tipped cart becomes litter.
We are pleased to report that through phase 1 of our curbside recycling program, we haven't experienced any significant issues with the wind. If a cart does tip over, the lid generally remains closed, containing the material until the cart can be picked up. This has been the experience of other municipalities in the area as well.
We have noticed, on extremely windy days, the cart set-out rate has been lower than normal. We speculate those who didn't have a full bin, chose to keep it until the next pick-up and avoid the possibility of it blowing over. This is a great option. A half full cart is lighter and could tip more easily. It also means, you likely have enough space to continue collecting your recycling until the next pick-up date. Thanks for doing your part to help make our program a success.