The City of Wetaskiwin is hosting its free, fall electronics, paint and hazardous waste round-up this Saturday, Oct. 16.

The City of Wetaskiwin is hosting its free, fall electronics, paint and hazardous waste round-up this Saturday, Oct. 16.

Fall cleaning time: Wetaskiwin rounds up household hazardous waste this Saturday

Electronics, paint and hazardous waste collected for safe recycling

Many of us enjoy the fresh sparkle of spring cleaning, but as we head inside for fall and winter THIS is when you want to create a cosy, inviting interior for your home. So if you have unwanted printers, paint cans and other household waste cluttering up your space, there’s no better time than now to clear it out!

The City of Wetaskiwin is hosting its free, fall electronics, paint and hazardous waste round-up this Saturday, Oct. 16.

“The last thing we want to see is this kind of waste finding its way into the garbage, or flushed down the drain where it can cause significant damage to the local environment and wildlife,” notes Wade Arnold, Wetaskiwin’s Waste & Recycle Supervisor.

“Simply collect everything together and bring it on Saturday to Wetaskiwin’s former utilities yard office, where it will be disposed of safely and appropriately.”

Included in the round-up are:

  • computers
  • printers
  • keyboards
  • TVs
  • cell phones and chargers
  • leftover paint, paint thinner and containers
  • hair spray
  • household hazardous waste, including antifreeze, brake fluid, batteries, glues, cements, solvents and ant and weed killers

The local round-up is part of a successful provincial initiative through Alberta Recycling. Since 2004, Albertans have recycled 10.6 million electronics – or an average of seven per household in Alberta – keeping hazardous materials like lead, mercury or cadmium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes out of the landfills.

In addition, some 29 million litres of paint has also been recycled, with leftover latex paint manufactured into recycled paint, and oil-based paint used in fuel recovery. Plastic paint cans can be transformed into moulded products like fence posts and building products, while metal paint cans get a second life as industrial metals such as rebar.

Collect and recycle on Saturday, Oct. 16

Collect your electronics, paint and household hazardous waste together and bring it to Wetaskiwin’s former utilities yard office at 5710 51 St. for free drop-off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The location provides more space and will avoid disrupting the Recycling Centre’s operations.

Please note that the round-up, which takes place in spring and fall, is for City of Wetaskiwin residents only, and is limited to residential disposal. Material from businesses or residences outside the city will not be accepted.

Visit wetaskiwin.ca/HHW-Round-Up or call 780-361-4427 for more information.

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