In an effort to get people more aware of where they’re throwing their trash, the City of Lloydminster Waste Services has opened a new challenge.
The city is trying to get people 100 per cent compliant in waste, recycling and organics disposal as spring cleaning begins. Their statistics show that from March 1-24, the City observed 42 violations from the 8,386 properties registered in the City’s curbside collection program. There were 101 violations in February.
Karen Dela Rosa, Senior Manager of Waste Services, says that this percentage may seem small, but it can be a huge impact on the landfill because something like bricks or plastics placed in organics results in the contamination of the entire truckload. Once contaminated, the whole load is considered waste and is delivered to the landfill.
The same applies to recyclables, which won’t be picked up if contaminated. In an effort to get people on board, the City has started a contest.
If people remain compliant over five weeks, starting from March 29th and running until April 30th, they’ll win prizes from GFL Environmental Inc, including electronics, lawn or garden tools and others.
To help kids learn about proper waste disposal and recycling, they can also participate in weekly activities for a chance to win separate prizes, the City says.
Dela Rosa adds that by learning early, kids can pick up a lifetime of environmental good habits.