What we've experienced
One of the major concerns we've heard from residents is that the stubborn southern Alberta wind blows their blue cart around. Curbside recycling does pose different challenges than garbage collection because the items are light and need to be loose in the cart rather than bagged. On a windy day, this could mean a tipped cart becomes litter.
We understand this is a challenge in our community, particularly during the more wind prone times of the year. Our blue carts do meet industry standards which tests them to a wind tolerance of 60 km/hr - just another day in Lethbridge, right? Unfortunately, not many other municipalities experience wind like us and those that do also struggle for a good solution.
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 in until the next pick-up and avoid the possibility of it blowing over. This is a great option, when possible.
Windy day Recycling Tips
Thanks for doing your part to help make our program a success.