Calgary Is the Cleanest City in the World

Posted by on Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 9:01pm.

Yes, you read that right. Calgary has been given the honour of being the cleanest city in the world. That's a pretty big distinction that recognizes the huge strides that Calgary has taken throughout the years to keep the streets litter-free and the rivers sparkling clean.

The award for the cleanest city comes from a study conducted by Mercer Global Financial and HR Consulting that ranks cities based on the following five factors:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Sewage system quality
  • Waste removal
  • Air pollution
  • Water drinkability and availability

In 2007 the province of Alberta initiated a program called Too Good To Waste, which had the goal of lowering the waste heading to landfills. A lot of emphasis was given to recycling building materials from the housing boom. These materials include concrete, shingles, asphalt, drywall and wood.

Advice is also offered by the Green Calgary site offering the residents of Calgary recommendations on composting, what can be put into recycling bins, how to pack a lunch that doesn't later turn into litter and much more. Calgary has definitely become a green city with more and more residents coming on board every day to do their part to keep the city clean. The local government also backs up this green concept by implementing steep fines for people that are caught littering. These fines can be up to $1000.

Here are the top 10 cleanest cities in the world according to this report:

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Minneapolis, USA
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Freiburg, Germany

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