Monday, August 15, 2016

Our Waste Space - by MCR Trina G.

We know that the best way to promote responsible waste disposal at home is to help people change their waste habits. Did you know that our physical spaces can have a huge impact on how we behave?

Everyone's optimal "waste space" is going to look a little different, depending on their needs. What makes up your waste space? MCR Trina G. has shared hers below. 

What do worms, blue bags, trash cans, and compost bins have in common? In our home, they make up our waste spaces! In total, my husband and I have seven waste spaces (sometimes eight). Crazy, huh?

The Main Game: 
We have a tall garbage can that is easily accessible and easy to clean in our kitchen.

Recycling Round-Up: 
We recycle through the City of Edmonton's blue bag recycling program in addition to regularly taking our bottles and cans to a bottle depot. We encourage guests to use both types of recycling when they are over.

We compost what we can (tissues, toilet paper rolls, paper products), take other items to an Eco Station (aerosol cans) and trash the rest. Also, look Ma -- no bag!

Indoor Composting, Step One:
Collecting compostable material in our house is quite easy with this tin bin. We contribute kitchen scraps (vegetable peels, fruit cores, egg shells, etc.) to this collection bin. When it's full, the scraps go either into our worm bin or outside into the composter.

Indoor Composting, Step Two:
This bin is kept in a spare room and hosts our worm farm. 

Outdoor Composting:
We have a composter that we use to compost grass, leaves, fruits, vegetables and other compostable materials. We compost year round! 
We have a composter that we use to compost grass, leaves, fruits, vegetables, and other compostable materials. We compost year round!

When we have items to take to the Eco StationReuse Centre, or to donate to charity, we set up a temporary site for those items near our back door.

All of these waste spaces help us to stay organized with our waste and be conscious of What Goes Where!

What makes up your waste space? What techniques work for you and your family? Share your thoughts in the comments, or contact us to write your own "waste space" post!

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Trina completed the MCR Course in May 2014 and is dedicated to helping others reduce their waste footprint through fun and creative methods. Her goal as an MCR is to educate others, help them find solutions for waste issues that are important to them and encourage them to take action!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Get Ready for Back-to-School at the Reuse Centre

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The City of Edmonton is inviting families to get ready for going back to school during a three-day event at the Reuse Centre.
Participate in free drop-in crafting workshops to decorate stationery out of reusable items and shop for school supplies (while supplies last). Residents can also donate unused school or office supplies.

Dates & Times:
Thursday, August 18, Noon - 8 p.m. (workshops from 4 - 7 p.m.)
Friday, August 19, Noon - 6 p.m. (workshops from 1 - 3 p.m.)
Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (workshops from Noon - 4 p.m.)
Location: Reuse Centre, 6835 83 Street
Admission: Free (shopping costs $5 for up to 50 kg)

Not able to attend? The Reuse Centre offers fun, hands-on learning experiences that show participants how to reduce waste at home through reuse, crafting and DIY ideas. They include:

The Reuse Centre promotes the benefits of reuse and diverts waste from landfill by accepting reusable items to make them available for others. The Reuse Centre is unique as it deals with many items that are not accepted elsewhere. In 2015, the centre accepted 243 tonnes of donations and had nearly 30,000 customer visits.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Edmonton Eco Stations win North American Award

The City of Edmonton’s commitment to the environment through proper waste disposal is being recognized with a prestigious industry award.

The Eco Stations program received the Gold Excellence Award in the category of Special Waste from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). This is the first time the City of Edmonton has won this award.

“Eco Stations play a key role in Edmonton’s integrated waste management system as they enable residents to keep household hazardous waste and electronics out of the environment,” said Chris Ward, Branch Manager for Utility Services at the City of Edmonton. “This recognition is not only a testament to our environmentally sound waste management system but to the residents of Edmonton who use the services and participate in our programs.”

Eco Stations provide convenient drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste (such as paint, batteries and electronics) and for large items that are not appropriate for curbside collection. There are four Eco Stations strategically located in each quarter of the City. Since the inception of the program in 1995, more than 2.7 million customers have been served and 16 million litres of household hazardous waste have been diverted from landfill.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. Programs must demonstrate commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Go Bagless to Win!

The prize? A mulching mower or a $750 City Attractions and Recreation card.

The City of Edmonton is encouraging residents to Go Bagless this summer - that is leave their clippings on their lawn and win.

Going bagless has many benefits:
  • It’s good for your lawn: the grass clippings protect the soil by keeping moisture in the ground. Also, as the clippings break down quickly, they naturally fertilize the lawn with nutrients after each mowing.
  • It’s good for you: no bagging and dragging of grass is required, and it reduces the need to water and fertilize your lawn.
  • It’s good for the environment: in the summer months, up to half of the waste collected by the City is grass. Going bagless is the easiest, most effective way to reduce waste.
Half of Edmonton households already practice Going Bagless?try joining them! And by signing up for a lawn sign, you’ll have a chance to win great prizes, a mulching mower or a $750 City Attractions and Recreation card.

For more information or to sign up for a Go Bagless lawn sign, visit

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How to: Waste-less Holidays

The Holiday season is filled with decorations, parties and presents -- these can create a lot more waste, but it doesn't have to be that way!

The City of Edmonton wants residents to think about the environment at this time of year. We can all do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.  Let's make 2015 a Waste-Less Holiday.

Check out videos from Dave Claus and find out about the holiday collection schedule at

Got a favourite Waste-Less Holiday tip? Share them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #WasteLessHolidays.

Some Helpful Tips for Holiday Clean-Up:
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and/or glass bottles and jars, and aluminium (cans and trays). These go in Blue Bags, Apartment Blue Bins, or brought to a Recycling Depot.
  • Have cardboard boxes? Flatten and put them in your Blue Bag. Large flattened boxes should be placed neatly under your Blue Bag(s).
  • Make your garbage light and sized right. Keep garbage bag/cans under 20kg (44lbs), and use the right type of can (maximum size 100 L, with fixed handles and no wheels). 
  • Keep your collectors safe. Package and label sharp objects (like broken glass), and keep a clear path to your trash (especially in snowy/icy conditions).
  • Take broken lights, electronics, and anything with a cord or battery to an Eco Station. 
  • Styrofoam goes in your garbage.
  • Recycle your tree. The City of Edmonton will collect natural Christmas trees starting on January 12, 2016. Trees will be picked up for recycling within three weeks of this date, but not necessarily on scheduled days for waste collection.