Waste Wins Big
Educating residents at the curb about how to sort and set out waste has paid off for St. Albert. The City has won bronze at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) industry awards in the Education category for its Curbside Waste Education Program. The awards recognize outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that show commitment and leadership in environmentally sound practices.
Throughout August and September 2017, the Curbside Waste Education team (CWE) started helping residents learn more about what goes where and sorting their waste. The program pointed out common waste errors, such as putting plastic bags in the Green Organics cart, but it also thanked residents and recognized the households that were doing a great job with a thank-you sticker on their carts.
The curbside team visited over 1,200 households during their curb audits and handed out over 200 thank-you stickers! Those who needed a little more practice received an Oops! doorknocker with advice on what to do differently next time, such as purchasing an extra garbage tag or learning that cardboard does not belong in the Brown Garbage cart. The team also found common missorted items in the Blue Recycling bag, such as styrofoam, paper towels, tissues, plastic straws and shredded paper. These findings led to the Oops! What Goes Where? campaign.
St. Albert collected their trophy on August 22 at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®. The Curbside Education Program has continued into the summer of 2018. Stay tuned for more success stories!
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Last edited: August 28, 2018