The numbers are in and the Town of Stony Plain successfully diverted 53% away from the landfill in 2016. That’s in line with 2015 and continues with the trend of more than a 50% diversion over the last 5 years. While positive gains were made in 2016, mostly due to weekly blue bag pick up, the Town is committed to being an environmental leader even more so in 2017 with launching a Household Waste Education campaign.
Miles Dibble, Sustainability Planner for the Town of Stony Plain says, “We did a really good job when we first started collecting blue bags and organics in 2006. We went from diverting 0% from the landfill to just over 40%. Since we moved to by-weekly garbage pickup in 2012 we’ve diverted an additional 10%. In the last decade over 28 thousand tons of waste has been diverted from the landfill.”
Mayor William Choy says, “We are proud of how much waste we are diverting, but it’s my hope that we increase that percentage by another 7% in 2017 to a goal of 60%. It’s possible, we hit 59% in 2014. All that’s needed is a little more knowledge on recycling and composting.”
The Town will be providing more awareness and education on how to properly dispose of waste throughout the year. There are three key tools already set up to help residents.
- 2017 Household Waste Collection Schedule Magnet
- These have been mailed out, for those who don’t receive Utility bills there are extras at the Town office that can be picked up.
- Web Page- www.stonyplain.com/MyWaste
- This page is dedicated to everything waste. Residents can find the collection schedule here, along with helpful recycling and composting tips, and information on proper placement of carts and blue bags.
- My Waste App
- Download the My Waste App; set up a customized pickup schedule with notification reminders, all the special events such as the Annual Treasure Hunt are scheduled in the calendar, you can report a missed pickup, and again there are tons of useful recycling and composting tips.
Although most are doing a great job at separating their garbage from recycling and composting, there’s always room for improvement. The Town will be dedicating its booth at the Tri-Municipal Expo Business & Home to educating residents on proper disposal and placement of their carts and blue bags. The trade show is April 7th to the 9th. Staff will also be doing presentations at all the local schools in the Spring.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain