Calgary is the first Canadian city to start collecting plastic barrels from its trash cans.
The city announced the change Friday.
It’s part of an ongoing initiative to clean up its streets and curb the spread of plastic pollution.
The move is expected to save the city about $4 million annually, according to the city.
“The plastic barrels we’re collecting now will be used to dispose of more garbage,” said Melissa Reisman, spokesperson for the city of Calgary.
“The waste is now going to be recycled and put into other ways, so it’s not going to end up in the landfill.
We’re not only getting rid of plastic waste, but also our plastic litter and the plastic that is left behind in our communities.”
Calgary’s plastic barrel program started with three bins and one trash can on city streets.
Now, they are collecting the barrels from all the citywide streets, Reisman said.
The city has set aside $30,000 to collect the barrels and send them to a recycling facility.
The goal is to collect up to 1,000 barrels a month by 2020.
Reisman said the program is part of the citys efforts to make it more eco-friendly.
“We want to make sure our streets are clean and our neighbourhoods are safe,” she said.
“And we want to see our streets, our neighbourhoods, and our people living in them.”