Recycle Depot Renewal
Friday, September 14, 2012
Leduc's recycling depot has proven to be very popular over the years, but with the passing of Leduc's Environmental Plan this year, it was decided that the depot could use a bit of a revamp. So it was, in order to support the new curbside collection program, and to try and make things easier for the residents of Leduc, that the Recycling Depot, now renamed the Eco Station, has tripled in size and offers even more recycling opportunities.
One of the first changes that regular visitors to the new Eco Station will notice, is that there is now a fence that surrounds the facility, and beginning on September 18th, the Eco Station will be manned with a city employee and the site will no longer be open 24/7. As of September 18th the new hours will be 9am - 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2pm - 8pm, Saturdays 10am - 4pm, and closed Sundays and Mondays.
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Leduc, Kerra Chomlak, shared that "Before deciding on the hours for the new Eco Station we took a look at the hours offered at Eco Stations in comparable cities, and in an effort to make things more convenient for residents, we are actually open a little longer than most of the other stations."
Along with the new hours, there are also some new services that will be offered alongside of the expanded cardboard, and blue bag recycling bins at the Eco Station. There will now also be a bin for household toxic waste, such as paints, oil and antifreeze, etc., a bin for E (electronic) waste such as computers, TVs, and radios, etc., and two bins for regular household waste.
The Eco Station will begin to accept bags of regular household waste with a charge of $2.00 per regular black plastic garbage bag, from homes that occasionally exceed the limit that their new household black garbage bins will hold. The landfill will still accept household garbage from residents at no charge, but for those residents that might find it difficult to make it out there, the Eco Station will be an in-town drop off station. This is the only service at the new station that will have a charge attached. All the other recycling options will remain free of charge.
With the placement of a household toxic waste bin at the facility, the toxic roundup that has always happened in Leduc every year will no longer be taking place. The large item pickup that takes place every June will still be continuing, as the Eco Station cannot accept big items like fridges and BBQ's. That type of item, again, can be taken free of charge to the Leduc Landfill, and yard waste such as grass clippings and branches should still be taken to the Compost Station across from the Community Gardens by Telford Lake.
It should also be noted that after hours dumping of items at the Eco Station is not an acceptable practice, and is subject to stiff fines.
Traffic flow at the new station will change as well, with bins being situated so that they are on the driver's side of the vehicles pulling in, with ample space for multiple vehicles to empty their recyclables at the same time.
Details on the type of items that the new Eco Station can and cannot accept, as well as the hours of operation, will be included in the information package that is being delivered to Leduc City residents along with their new waste bins. Information can also be found on the City's website at www.leduc.ca, or by calling 780-980-7107.