October 22nd, 2020

City hosting session today on mandatory recycling


By Kuhl, Nick on March 5, 2020.

Nick Kuhl

Lethbridge Herald

nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com

In a continued effort by the municipality to reduce waste by half, mandatory recycling is soon coming to Lethbridge.

Members of local businesses and organizations can find out more today, during an information session at city hall, about what this change means.

Alex Singbeil, Waste Reduction Consultant from Waste and Recycling with the City of Lethbridge, says a shift to mandatory recycling starting July 1 aligns with the Waste Diversion Strategy approved by city council.

“It means changing the way that businesses are doing recycling,” he said Wednesday morning at Lethbridge City Hall.

“The businesses right now in Lethbridge represent around two-thirds of the garbage that’s generated in Lethbridge and goes to the landfill. Looking at the materials that we’re going to cover with this, that’s cardboard, paper and wood, those materials represent on average probably around 20 per cent of the waste that’s generated by the businesses.”

Similar to the introduction of inspections and surcharges, a 90-day grace period will be added to allow businesses time to adjust to the new program.

“It’s critical that the businesses and the residents work together on this – and that’s part of our overall strategy to reduce waste going to the landfill,” Singbeil said. “This will take us to the next level. It’s all about the businesses and the residents all working towards a more sustainable Lethbridge and reducing the amount of waste we’re putting into our landfill.”

Today’s information session will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at city hall – Room 003 (basement). There will be summary presentations at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

“Businesses can come and get information and give us feedback and talk about what this means for them,” Singbeil said.

Those unable to attend the information session can still fill out an online survey which will remain open until March 19, with results anticipated in May.

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