Recycling For The Future

 

 
Fort McMurray AB - Entering Fort McMurray after an absence of a few years, growth and changes are obvious to me. The magnificent Sawridge Hotel welcomes us efficiently and we get to say hello to Alberta CARE’s executive director, Linda Macdonald, my neighbor in the City of Leduc who is setting up the banquet hall that will be our ‘home for the next few days. I am here to photograph the conference, and to learn about recycling so that I can write about it and eventually share my knowledge and fascination with others. 
This conference is hosted by Alberta Coordinated Action for Recycling Enterprises (CARE) with its Diamond Sponsors, the RM of Wood Buffalo and K & K Recycling Services, and it is meant for municipal leaders, public works employees, landfill operators, community recycling associations and non-profit groups.  There is an impressive list of Platinum (Shell Canada), Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors on record.
In preparation for this Fall Conference on the topics of Recycling and Waste Management, I was invited to visit GEEP, Global Electric Electronic Processing, a company I had met at other recycling events in the province. Driving to the very North-East corner of Edmonton, I was not aware until my arrival that GEEP is in fact owned by the City of Edmonton and located at the Clover Bar Landfill Site. It is a massive waste management site, comparable in size to Calmar, the small town I lived in for many years, West of Leduc. GEEP’s large shop presented specific areas where TVs, computers and other electronic items were disassembled, and components meticulously placed in their proper bins. Toured by Scott Loughran, the youthful and knowledgeable general manager, I was impressed by the order around us and the workers’ fast pace and cheerful disposition! A comfortable lounge was designed for visiting dignitaries and Industry guests, where the view was excellent and some items of an ‘antique’ nature were on display: no doubt, items that had found their way into GEEP… 
The CARE conference started on a Thursday morning and a dynamic crowd made its way to the spacious banquet room where several corporate entities extolled their services through colorful exhibits.  Cutting EDGE, “Renewable Rubber Resources”, owner of the largest tire shredder in Canada (located in Ponoka) was among them, and three of the CleanGen membership group spent the week tirelessly explaining their services and forming new alliances: Albert Klyne, his sister Catherine Pearen, marketing ace Melissa Minks and partner Margaret Ward were interesting and passionate ambassadors for this industry. 
A delegation of seven individuals from Nicaragua attended the conference, as a second of three annual visits to Alberta to learn of our recycling initiatives.  With limited English, they were assisted by Sandor Arguello, GEEP’s Logistics and Accounts Manager, also a native of their country! It demonstrated how various cultures share in the keen desire to protect our environment through green practices. 
Robert Smith, CARE’s chairman, also with the Athabasca Waste Management Commission, opened up the proceedings with an interesting presentation on recycling facts of his region; he spoke of wildlife management and operational costs at their landfill site, of lecheate collection and elimination (a bi-product of waste piling) and community acceptance.  Jim Donaldson of Leduc County has now created the Alberta Wood Waste Recycling Association, a closed-loop wood recycling service and non-profit organisation that will donate a portion of its membership fees to a local charity. 
Many products have to be removed from our environment and recycled in new ways: following the successful methods of countries like Scandinavia, several entities in our province –and across the nation- work tirelessly to create new products using recycled materials: plastics for example, are very hard to recycle and they need the recycling authorities’ attention. Did you know that raw plastics in a landfill can exist for... a million years!? 
In Part 2 of this report , we will discuss many recycling initiatives that will enhance cleaner air and water in our environment. 
 
More Stories:
  • Wetaskiwin Hospital Auxiliary Works Endless Hours To Support Healthcare The Wetaskiwin Hospital Auxiliary has a long and loyal history of supporting healthcare in this community. The magnitude of volunteering by the members is absolutely amazing, as the Hospital Auxiliary contributes approximately ...
  • Toy Ride Postponed A seventeen-year tradition in the capital region, this year’s Capital Region Snowmobile Toy Ride was postponed until January 18 due to the warm weather that melted the planned course along Highway 21 causing unsafe sledding ...
  • Christmas Spirit Comes To Millet Every two years, and now celebrating its 16th year, the Canadian Pacific Rail supports a Holiday Train. This is a rolling fundraising event which travels across Canada to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and ...
  • Rising Up For Hope & Healing Nicole rose from her seat and slowly made her way to the stage. Many guests thought she might change her mind at the last minute but this soft-spoken woman was determined to keep her promise and share her story. “I was in ...
  • Lions' International Life Membership Award The shiny metal Lions’ International Life Membership Card received by Wetaskiwin Lion, Isabel Peters, on November 24, 2014, is a symbolic recognition of her long time, dedicated service to the Club. The card was presented ...
  • Piatta Forma Singers Perform With The Black Gold Community Band Leduc choir Piatta Forma Singers joined the Black Gold Community Band in an outstanding concert held at Peace Lutheran Church in Leduc city’s downtown core, on the evening of Saturday December 6th. Piatta Forma Singers, a ...
  • Ben Turner - Liberal Hopeful A local man wants to change the face of Parliament. Twenty-two-year-old Ben Turner is vying for a Liberal nomination to run in the newly created Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding in the next federal election. “I’m not too pleased ...
  • 600 & Counting For Telford Singers On a recent snowy and cold winter night, the Telford Singers celebrated an iconic milestone as they presented their 600th performance to a large crowd of appreciative residents, families and staff of Planeview Place. This ...
  • Millet Winter Carnival On Sunday, December 07, 2014 Millet held the second year of its Winter Carnival. At 10:00 am, the Millet Agriplex was filling with participants, volunteers, families, friends and Santa. The day started with a Carnival put ...
  • Leduc Fundraiser Welcomes Danielle Smith Wildrose members and ‘politically-curious’ residents gathered on Wednesday, December 3rd for a fundraiser hosted the Leduc-Beaumont Wildrose Constituency Association, promoting the Wildrose candidate for our region, Sharon ...
  • The Ash Girl The Wetaskiwin Composite High School (WCHS) Drama troupe performed Timberlake Wertenbakers’ ‘The Ash Girl’ running December 46, 2014. During the first couple of minutes of the performance, one was surprised by the sophistication ...
  • Twas The Night Before Christmas (Almost) Submitted by T.A. Phillips Recreation Coordinator, Town of Calmar After two years in the waiting, the residents of Calmar finally had their very own Christmas in the Park last night, December the 4th. Poor weather over the ...
  • CP Holiday Train 2014 The Christmas spirit swung into full force in Wetaskiwin at 5:30 p.m. on December 8th, 2014 with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train 2014. The train began its journey to raise awareness of the issue of hunger ...
  • A Memorable Ride For the first time this year, Food Bank executives were invited to ride aboard the CPR Holiday Train from Millet to Leduc, representing the Leduc and District Food Bank, Gert Reynar, executive director and Nadine Leming, ...
  • Check Stop On Highway 2A Amid a vast array of flashing lights on Highway 2A in front of the Super 8 Lodge in Wetaskiwin, vehicles were ushered through a Check Stop on December 6th, 2014. Only this time it was a Charity Check Stop where motorists ...
  • 15th Concert In The Country Pig Roast When you combine good food and good music, you have the delightful kind of evening that Millet’s Concert in the Country held for its 15th annual fall Pig Roast. The succulent pork from a whole roasted pig with all the trimmings ...
  • Thorsby Curling Club Donates $27,338 Submitted By Sam Kobeluck Thorsby Curling Club, which has been inactive since the late 80s, has turned over $11,000 to the Thorsby Elementary School for the purchase of a set of handbells for the music program, and a total ...
  • Annual Rotary Cruise Raffle On the bitterly cold morning of Saturday November 29, the exit lobby of Canadian Tire in Leduc saw a table set up with cheerful Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc members selling tickets to the Annual Cruise Raffle, a popular fundraiser ...
  • CHIPS Went Shopping And Found Wetaskiwin Mall The 2014 CHIPS (Children’s Indoor Play Society) Winter Carnival was held on November 29th, 2014 in the Wetaskiwin Mall in the old Canadian Tire / Western RV space from noon till 4 pm. There were many squeals of excitement, ...
  • Danger At Highway 21 A heartbroken mother wants something done about the deadly intersection that took her daughter’s life. Using the opportunity for the public to speak to Leduc County Councillors on any topic at their Nov. 25 meeting, Shelley ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia