Toxic And E-Waste, Be Gone!

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On Saturday, October 4th, the City of Leduc hosted its Annual Toxic and E-Waste Roundup at the Eco-Station located on 46 Street, on the east side of the railroad tracks (6102 – 46 St.). Members of the City of Leduc Public Services & Engineering Team cheerfully greeted residents dropping off Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste. City of Leduc Roads Foreman Rob Bushulak, Laurie Walsh, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kerra Chomlak, Shannon Brenmer, Melissa Hofer and other team members were busy all day manning three stations where paint cans and aerosol cans were separated.

The Eco Station is a clean, well-organized property designed to receive many types of household waste such as cardboard, paper, electronic waste such as old computers, cell phones, TVs and toxic products like paint, aerosol cans, yard chemicals and much more. Conveniently, when residents find themselves with extra garbage that won’t fit in a full black bin, they can drop off one extra bag of household waste at the Eco Station for free and additional bags are $2 each. Blue Bags are meant to hold paper, tin, and hard plastics marked with a triangle bearing numbers 1-7. Glass is not recycled at this time and should be placed with household waste.

Although the City of Leduc’s Eco Station receives household waste all year long (the hours of operation are listed on www.leduc.ca website, or one can call Public Services through the City’s Main desk at 780-980-7107), this event was created to highlight the services within, and on this day Kerra Chomlak was also on hand to answer questions about this Roundup and about the City’s curbside collection program, a program initially greeted with mixed reactions and now well-received by Leduc residents.

Promoting the concept of Recycling towards Zero Waste goals for a healthy environmental future, this event was held just a few days ahead of Waste Reduction Week taking place on October 20-26. The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) promotes that week dynamically reminding us that, “simple actions help, such as using a reusable cup or bottle, every day!” The concept of BYOC (bring your own cup) has been widely accepted by environmentally-conscious Canadians.

Here in the City and County of Leduc, we work together to protect the environment for future generations. It takes planning and a bit of effort, but we are slowly but surely on our way to reaching a Zero Waste goal!

Pictured: At the ECO Station, Leduc Public Works & engineering team members take a moment from the busy Toxic Waste and E-Waste roundup day. Photo by Dominique Vrolyk