Fort Saskatchewan residents are doing a decent job with the city's new waste collection program.
 
But, as with any major change, there seem to be some growing pains. The biggest is contamination in the green organics bin.
 
"Everything in those green organics carts goes to a composting facility," said the city’s waste program supervisor, Sadie Miller.
 
Plastics are commonly making their way into the green carts. Some of the other odd finds include rocks, glass and metal.
 
"If it can't break down, we don't want it in that green cart," added Miller.
 
Each of the three streams, organics, waste and recycling, is collected by a different truck. Organics go to a facility called Clean-It Green-It in the west end of Edmonton. Blue bag materials are taken to a processing facility in Winterburn, which is owned by GFL Environmental. Waste material in the black carts is taken to GFL transfer sites and then distributed to regional landfills.
 
pickupimageSummer months are considered May 1-Oct.31.
 
Recycling will become more of the focus for the city as they move into 2019. For now, the composting is the top priority.
 
"This is not a regional change. We are seeing municipalities in the province doing this and Canada as a whole."
 
The city started the new program on June 4.
 
Anyone with questions or concerns can use FortReport.ca, call the waste hotline at 780-992-6218 or email [email protected]

More Local News

RCMP warn of vacation rental scam

A vacation rental scam is making its way around the area.

Local resource centre desperate for mittens

A Sturgeon County resource centre is missing a main piece of winter attire.

Drivers caught going 187 km/h and 171 km/h in area

Four drivers who were charged with excessive speeding in Strathcona County recently appeared in court.

Zero per cent tax increase for Sturgeon County residents

Residents are getting a bit of a break this year.

Chamber of Commerce anticipating growth in 2019

The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is ready for big things.

Changes for construction zone speed signs, lane closures

New highway construction zone requirements in Alberta were announced on Tuesday (Jan.15).

41-year-old arrested after MDMA, meth and GHB seized in Bon Accord

The Morinville RCMP executed multiple search warrants in Bon Accord recently.

Internationally-recognized poet taking residence in Sherwood Park

Mary Pinkoski is the Strathcona County Library’s writer in residence until April.

Council and 50 employees return to work in Strathcona County

More progress is being made in the restoration of the Strathcona County Community Centre.

Fort Sask Hospital helping families grieve with new CuddleCot

The Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital continues to improve.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login