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City showcases recycling centre at ‘spooktacular event’


By Lethbridge Herald on October 20, 2023.

Lisa Presisniuk and her son Jaxson Presisniuk enjoy learning what happens to waste at the spooktacular monster-truck-trash-mash event hosted by City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Centre over the weekend.

Steffanie Costigan
LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE REPORTER

The City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Centre hosted a “spooktacular monster-truck-trash-mash event” over the weekend.

A fun family event for people to come and learn about how the landfill operates took place at the Waste and Recycling Centre where kids and the young at heart got to explore various equipment, enjoy a free barbecue and goodies, and take tours featuring the Blue Sky Educational Centre, go on monster truck rides and more. 

City of Lethbridge Waste and Environmental Collection manager James Nicholls talked about the opportunity this event is for the public to see the  facility. 

“This event gives us a great opportunity to get the people out here. Give them some really fun things to do like riding a monster truck, ride in a collection vehicle, the ones that kids see all the time. Just really connect with the process,” said Nicholls.

The barbecue at the monster-truck-trash-mash event was provided by the South Country Club.  Corporate event and brand specialist for South Country Club Josie Doll expressed their excitement to be able to participate in the event. 

“We’re just thrilled to be here. We are very excited to work together with the City of Lethbridge to be part of this great event. We get to showcase some of our delicious offerings, our burgers and our food and have some of our staff come out and volunteer. We always like to be part of the communities that we’re part of, it’s great to be here,” said Doll.

Doll added South Country Club volunteers started a little early in order to prepare the BBQ to serve around 300 people. 

Nicholls said the event brings awareness to the community about the initiatives the City is taking to divert waste so less ends up in the landfill. 

“The Waste and Recycling Centre (is) outside of town, it’s a location that you don’t really get an opportunity to come and see very often. And it’s really important for residents of Lethbridge to have an opportunity to see where their waste ends up, the initiatives that we put forward to try and divert waste away from the landfills.” 

The event gives people a chance to learn what is done with the waste they produce. 

It connects “residents of Lethbridge with those processes to understand where their waste actually goes,” said Nicholls.

Lisa Presisniuk was one of the visitors at the event and she voiced her experience visiting with her son.

“Absolutely spectacular. My son is loving it. Lots of little activities to do throughout the place really good,” said Presisniuk. 

Presisniuk added the technology is impressive and she never realized what went into the centre’s operations.

“Just the way everything is sorted in this place is mind-blowing at the technology and I just never knew it was this. This good. It’s very, very cool,” she said.

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