|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 20, 2011|
CITY HELPS RESIDENTS OF ST. ALBERT GET RID OF THEIR JUNK
|City of St. Albert’s first annual Large-Item-Drop-Off event offered residents another service to help them get rid of unwanted big household items.|
Nearly 450 vehicles lined up for the one-day event on October 15 as residents dropped off unwanted items ranging from large mattresses to lawn furniture, large toys and even a kayak.
“The Large-Item-Drop-Off event is a service that the residents of St. Albert have been asking for some time,” says Christian Benson, Solid Waste Program Coordinator. “The response from the residents was very positive and the City will look at organizing more of the drop off events in the future.”
The City collected six large 40-yard containers with landfill waste weighing approximately 36 metric tonnes; and a 60-yard and 30-yard container with scrap metal weighing approximately 12 metric tonnes. Earlier, the City reported that since implementing the curbside waste and organic collection program in June, over 1,300 metric tonnes, enough to fill over 160 garbage trucks, was diverted from landfills.
October 17-23, 2011 is National Waste Reduction Week in Canada to help raise awareness about waste and its environmental and social impacts. Residents are reminded of resources available to them to reduce and manage waste.
• St. Albert residents can now also bring certain household hazardous items to the recycling depot. More information on what items to bring and what to avoid is available online at http://www.stalbert.ca/household-hazardous-information.
• An updated and easy-to-read winter waste and organics collection schedule is also available online at www.stalbert.ca/refuse-collection-schedule. Information on caring for your organics cart, your waste collection schedule and frequently asked questions on Automated Garbage and Curbside Organics are available online at www.stalbert.ca/2011-solid-waste-changes.
For more information on the City of St. Albert, please visit www.stalbert.ca. You can also join us on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofstalbert or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cityofstalbert and get daily tips on simple ways you can help during National Waste Reduction Week.
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