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Leduc Wins Waste Diversion Award

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The City of Leduc has earned another award for its communication to Leduc residents about waste diversion initiatives, including the curbside organics collection program. The communication program earned a silver excellence award from the Solid Waste Association of North America.

This is the fourth international award given to the City. The three previous awards include an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award of Merit, a Canada-wide IABC Silver Leaf Award of Merit and a Northern Alberta Capital Award of Excellence.

“Excellence in communication depends on strong teamwork. Leduc’s Environmental Services, Engineering, and Communications and Marketing Services collaborated closely with our contractor, The DAGNY Partnership,” said Kerra Chomlak, environmental sustainability coordinator with the City of Leduc. “Together, we achieved very strong results for this major project and our community.”

Chomlak was at the Oct. 27 council meeting to show the award to council members.

SWANA’s excellence awards program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs.

Programs also must demonstrate fiscal and environmental responsibility through their compliance with all applicable federal, provincial and local regulations. SWANA serves more than 8,000 members throughout North America.

Chomlak said the program worked because they were able to exceed waste diversion targets in 2013. The next step for the city, she said, is to work with businesses and multi-family units to divert waste in those areas.