Airdrie will not be bringing in curbside recycling despite similar programs being used in Calgary and Cochrane. Cochrane officially launched its curbside effort Aug. 5 and Calgary started its service in the spring of 2009.

Susan Grimm, Airdrie's team leader of the City’s waste and recycling services, says we have a very high recycling rate at our two depots and, therefore, don't feel the extra cost for curbside service makes much sense. She said the fee for curbside recycling was estimated at about $15 per month, per household, two years ago.

In comparison, Cochrane residents pay an additional $6.30 on their utility bills for the service and Calgarians shell out $8.75 a month. Grimm adds “people just weren’t willing to pay the extra cost and it's so much harder to monitor contamination."