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City launches online survey on waste management

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on October 26, 2022.

Herald photo by Al Beeber Steve Rozee, general manager of Waste and Recycling, talks to media Tuesday about a survey being conducted by the City about the second phase of its Waste Management Master plan.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

The City of Lethbridge wants to hear feedback from the public about the second phase of its Waste Management Master Plan.

Until Nov. 20, the City is running an online survey at http://www.getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/wastemanagement.

The City is also planning several virtual open houses and is hoping to do one in person, said Steve Rozee, general manager of Waste and Recycling, Tuesday.

Phase 2 of the plan is “really to try to gauge the public opinions on future programs and initiatives that we consider in that master plan to bring forward over the course of the next 10 to 15 years,” said Rozee at City Hall.

“Some of the things that we’ll be asking people to comment on is just their general waste reduction habits, what works for them or barriers or incentives that would work for them,” said Rozee.

The City wants to hear opinions about such things as xeriscaping, single-use items and household hazardous waste – “a broad range of things that we could look to improve,” Rozee added.

The master plan is a strategic document to help the City set direction for waste management for the community with the last being finished in 2008, Rozee said.

Initiatives in that plan included curbside recycling, curbside organics, an approach to business recycling and improvements to drop-off facilities at the landfill.

“It really looks at how can we develop programming and services for the community,” he said.

Virtual open houses are planned for Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-16. The times and links can be found on the getinvolvedlethbridge.ca website just above the survey. They are all planned for 90 minutes in length.

The city’s present waste diversion target for the residential sector is to have 65 per cent of materials going to diversion by 2030. To meet that target, the city will be implementing additional diversion methods.

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