By Jensen, Randy on September 17, 2020.
Lethbridge residents, businesses and industry groups will have a chance to join virtual events where they can share their ideas on how to handle waste in the community. The Let’s Talk Trash community engagement program has been developed to ensure everyone has a voice in the creation of the City’s new Waste Management Master Plan.
Planned events include:
– A Virtual Public Focus Group Event. An opportunity for residents to work alongside the City to provide input, helping to create the Waste Management Master Plan. Participants will complete exercises and work together to create a shared understanding of current waste management in Lethbridge while exploring new ideas. Please note for this session, participants are expected to stay for the full three hours hours. Date: Sept. 23, 4-7 p.m.
– Virtual Open House. The City will be available to discuss key waste management topics with residents. A quick overview of the master planning process will be presented followed by a question-and-answer period. Residents can come and go anytime during this session, much like a traditional open house. Sept. 24, 5 p.m.
– Virtual Business Focus Groups. Key business stakeholders will be invited to a series of focus groups to talk about needs and barriers specific to their line of work. Sept. 22 and 24.
To join the public focus group or open house, RSVP via the City’s Get Involved Page https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/waste-management-master-plan.
The City is inviting the community to share their ideas about how to better manage waste, finding approaches that make the most of limited dollars and which protect the land and natural areas. Public input will help shape the new Waste Management Master Plan, which will provide sustainable options for our community that help achieve council’s strategic priorities around environmental protection.
The initial phase of engagement for Let’s Talk Trash will run until Sept. 24. A second phase will take place later this fall and the final Waste Management Master Plan will be released in December. It will guide waste prevention and reduction and recycling efforts in Lethbridge for the next 15 to 20 years.