Strathcona County 2012 Waste Collection Calendar
The Green Routine waste collection and recycling collection calendar for 2012.
2012 Strathcona County Waste collection calendar Calendar contents Mayor's message....................................................2 Rural Strathcona County area map..................2 Sherwood Park and rural hamlet map.............3 List of common items for disposal....................4 Collection day reminders....................................5 Services at a glance...............................................5 Putting your cart out............................................6 Street maintenance...............................................6 Large item pickup..................................................7 Recycling stations..................................................8 Enviroservice events.............................................9 Treecycle.................................................................10 Missed collection...................................................12 Your sump pump...................................................14 Your recycling collector.......................................16 Extra yard waste collection................................18 Summer guide for organics.................................20 Grasscycling............................................................22 Water deep an hour a week..............................24 Organics and the landfill......................................26 Be nice to your pipes...........................................28 Winter guide for collection................................30 Green Christmas...................................................32 Clean green............................................................34 1 Weâ€™ve had another green year Strathcona County! We still have one of the top waste diversion rates in the region thanks to your efforts. Before the Green Routine started we had a diversion rate of about 30 to 35 per cent. Now, just three short years later, we are diverting 67 per cent! In 2010 alone we diverted over 18,700 tonnes of waste from going to the landfill saving 57,750 cubic yards of landfill space. That is enough waste to fill 4,813 dump truck loads! It is very important that we continue to work together as a community so that we can achieve even greater success. Collection maps Rural Strathcona County If you are a rural area resident and want to receive weekly collection from Strathcona County, call Utilities at 780-449-5514 to set up an account. The 2012 waste calendar is being sent to all County residents. It contains information specifically about weekly waste collection services but also community-wide recycling services, tips on cleaning "green," watering lawns and gardens and more! Keep up your great efforts! Linda Osinchuk, MAYOR 2 e Driv land Lake Strathcona Village Baseline Road Recycling Station Mills Haven Thursday Friday Westboro Village on the Lake Fountain Creek Estates Sherwood Park Golf & Country Club Estates Clarkdale Meadows Lakeland Ridge Heritage Hills Glen Allan Glen Allan Craigavon Thursday G ranada Bouleva rd Brentwood d Drive woo Sher Wednesday Rge Rd 233 Balmoral Heights Baseline Road Broadmoor Village Wye Road Weekly organics collection Only residents living in the areas listed on this page receive weekly organics collection mid-June to mid-September. Charlton Heights Broadmoor Estates Sherwood Heights Monday Heritage Highlands ad Broadmoor Boulevard Woodbridge Farms Davidson Creek Lakeland Ridge Chelsea Heights Cloverbar Ranch Tuesday Summerwood r Ro Tuesday Aspen Trails r Ba Streambank Avenue Monday e Clov ke Rd Sherwood D rive ng La Brentwood Boulevard Cooki Broadmoor Boulevard South Jubilee Landing Forrest Greens Nottingham Maplewood The Estates of Sherwood Park Foxhaven Foxboro Tuesday Regency The Park Ridge Regency Park Estates Highway 21 Twp Rd 514 Lakeland Village Emerald Hills ad Friday Streambank Avenue Recycling Station r Ro Rural hamlets and Sherwood Park Clov er B a Collection maps Wye Road 3 Paper recycling (reusable bag • milk jugs, plastic (rinsed) (or take to bottle depot) • All food products (including or container) • plastics #1 to #7 grade (rinsed) bones, meat, shells, oily foods, dairy) • box board (cereal, cracker boxes) • ashes (cooled) • cardboard, flattened, max. size • plastic bags, bottles and containers • cardboard (soiled) 1 m x 30 cm (can be cut down and yogurt, margarine etc. (rinsed) • cat litter (not bagged) placed underneath the bag or • plastic film or wrap (rinsed) (with or without label) • cooking oil (cooled) container) • plastic utensils (rinsed) • coffee filters and grounds • catalogues • pop bottles (or take to bottle depot) • cotton balls (without nail polish • cereal and other food boxes • Re-sealable or Ziploc bags (rinsed) remover or other cleaners) • coffee cups (rinsed) • Styrofoam products (rinsed) • dryer lint • computer paper • tetra-paks • facial tissue • detergent boxes (emptied) • feathers • envelopes (with/without plastic • wine cork (plastic) • floor sweepings window) Waste (black cart) • freezer paper • glossy paper • air fresheners • grass clippings • greeting cards • air filters • grease (cooled) • ice cream cartons (rinsed) • aluminium foil • hair • laundry detergent boxes (emptied) • bakeware (cookie sheets, muffin tins) • leaves • magazines • bows and ribbons • paper products (soiled) • milk cartons (rinsed & flattened • bricks (small amounts) • paper plates, napkins (or take to bottle depot)) • broken glass (wrapped in paper) • parchment paper • newspaper • candles • pet waste (not bagged) • paper napkins, plates, cups (clean) • carpet (must fit inside cart) • pet wood shavings • paper products • ceramics and dishes • pizza boxes (soiled) • phone books • cigarettes • plant containers, paper • photos • cleaning wipes • plant materials • wrapping paper (no foil) • clothing (not reusable) • popcorn bags • contact lenses Container recycling (clear • popsicle sticks • contraceptive products blue plastic bag) • sawdust and wood chips • cosmetic containers • aluminium cans & containers • shredded paper (small amount) beverage, soup, vegetable, pie plates, • cotton balls (soiled) • soap, bar • crayons take-out containers (rinsed) • toothpicks • dental floss • baby bottle liners (rinsed) • twigs (small pieces) • disposable diapers and wipes • cereal plastic liner • wax paper (soiled) • dryer sheets • cheese wrapper (clean) • weeds • drywall (must fit inside cart) • glass jars and bottles (rinsed) • wine cork (wood) • elastic bands • ice cream pails (rinsed) Organics (green cart) • fairy ring (from lawn) • feminine hygiene items • flour bags (or any bag that has a lining) • foil wrappers • foam (mattresses, pillows) • frozen juice cans More • furnace filters • granola bar wrappers items are • latex products listed on • leather • incandescent light bulbs the A-Z • make-up remover pads list on our • magnets website • matchbooks • meat tray liners • medical waste (or take to a pharmacy for disposal) • metal rods, coat hangers, etc. • nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc. • non-recyclable materials (without a recycle symbol) • ointment tubes • paint cans (emptied or dried) • paper clips • pens and pencils • pet food bags • potato chip bags or containers • Q-tips • saran/plastic food wrap (soiled) • sand paper • sharps (razor blades, broken glass wrapped in paper) • toilet, tank/bowl (put out in cart on alternating weeks) • toothbrush & toothpaste tubes • toys, broken • vacuum bags 4 Collection day reminders • • • • • All items for collection must be out before 7:30 a.m. on your collection day. Specific collection times are not scheduled during the day and the time your items are collected may change from week to week. It is important to have your items out before 7:30 a.m. so they don’t get missed. Collection occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Recycling and carts may be picked up by separate trucks. If your item(s) were missed, please call 780-449-5514 before 10 a.m. the next business day. Leave the items at curbside. All items must fit inside carts with the lid closed. Materials left outside the cart will not be collected. Cart and contents must weigh less than 90 kg (200 lb). If you live in rural Strathcona County, make sure your house number is clearly visible from the road. Make sure your cart is visible and accessible from the road. If you have approved back alley collection, make sure your waste or organics cart and your recycling are placed out in the back alley correctly. Special collection (large items and extra yard waste) are picked up at the front of the property. Not sure if you have approved back alley collection? Call Utilities at 780-449-5514 for more information. Your cart requires 1 m (3 ft) on all sides so the collection truck can access and lift it. Leave at least one metre between your cart, recycling, other carts, fences, mailboxes, basketball nets, overhanging tree limbs, parked cars and any other objects. Remember to make sure there is at least 3 m (10 ft) of clearance above the cart so the truck can lift it safely. Services at a glance What to put in it How much can you put out for collection Green cart Organics All food products, grass clippings, soiled paper All organics must fit inside the cart with the lid closed. No plastic or biodegradable bags. Black cart Waste Tinfoil, chip bags, granola bar wrappers All waste must fit inside the cart with the lid closed. Clear blue plastic bag Container recycling Glass, metal, plastic, Styrofoam Clean and dry Unlimited quantity. Rinsed items must be placed in clear blue plastic bags. No construction materials. Reusable bag or container Paper recycling Newspaper, cardboard, mixed paper Unlimited quantity. Must be in reusable bag or container with handles. Maximum weight is 25 kg (50 lb). 5 5 Putting your cart out for collection Putting your cart out during street maintenance If you have a curb 1. Place the wheels of the cart in the gutter between the curb and the road. 2. Your cart will be on the road. Arrows on the carts indicate what side of the cart must face the road. When winter street snow clearing or spring street sweeping is occurring in your neighbourhood, you need to change where you place your cart on collection day. Watch for signs posted in your neighbourhood. If you do not have a curb 1. Place the cart out at the edge of your driveway and the road. Ensure that the cart is stable on a flat area and the wheels are closest to the ditch or your driveway. 2. Arrows on the carts indicate what side of the cart must face the road. Please place your organics or waste cart no further than 30 cm (1 ft) from the end of your driveway. During snow clearing and street sweeping, carts cannot be on the road, sidewalk or in the gutter because vehicles cannot manoeuvre around them. Rural customers Once the snow has fallen and is here to stay, please place your cart on your driveway and not on the road. Place your cart no further than 30 cm (1 ft) from the end of your driveway. Carts cannot be on the road because snow removal vehicles cannot manoeuvre around them. Wat ch fo r sig post n ed i n yo s neig ur hbo urho od On all other collection days, itâ€™s back to normal. Boulevards If you have a boulevard, make sure you put your & sidewalks cart in between the sidewalk and the road. If you have a sidewalk, make sure you put your cart at the edge of the sidewalk and your driveway. 66 Large item pickup Do you have large or heavy items that are no longer usable? During Large item pickup weeks, leave up to two household items at the front curb on your regular collection day and we will haul them away for you. Check the calendar for your pickup date. There is a limit of two items per household. This service is available for Strathcona County waste collection customers only. All items must be less than 1.8 m x 0.9 m (6 ft x 3 ft) and weigh less than 90 kg (200 lb). Please remove doors, lids and contents from fridges and freezers, and make sure the coolant system is not damaged. Items with fuel or oil tanks (barbecues, lawn mowers etc.) must have all liquids removed. Fuel and used oil can be taken to an Enviroservice event (see page 9 for details). Please make sure there is nothing left inside the large item. Put a sign on smaller items (lawn mowers, wheel barrows etc.) to help identify it as being out for Large item pickup. Examples of acceptable items • barbecue (no tanks or briquettes) • basketball net (please put a sign on it to let collector know it is for pickup) • dishwasher • freezer (emptied, doors removed) • fridge (emptied, doors removed) • furnace • furniture • hot water tank • lawn furniture • lawn mower (all fluid drained) • luggage • mattress and box spring • rain barrel • sink • snowblower (all fluids drained, fuel tank removed) • stove • toilet • washer and dryer • wheel barrow (broken) Items not acceptable • assembled swing set • barbecue propane tank Reme mb • car parts* large it er during em we e • computer (monitor, keep it ems th ks to at are tower, key board, not to b basket e collected speaker, mouse) ball ne (eg. ts wheel • desktop printer barrow , bikes, away fr s • microwave om th etc.) e end • pressurized tank your dr of iv are no eway so th (over 20 lb) ey t accid entally picked • snowmobile* up. • stereo • television • items longer than 1.8 metres (six feet) in length* • items weighing more than 90 kg (200 lb)* *A fee may apply to drop off these items at an Enviroservice event (see page 9 for details). Various electronics can be taken to an Enviroservice event for recycling. Please note: Houses with back alleys must have large items put out at the front of your property for collection. 7 Recycling stations Streambank Avenue Recycling Station is the only location that collects grass clippings, leaves and yard waste. Sod and tree stumps are not accepted at Streambank Avenue and must be taken to a landfill. There are five recycling station locations in Strathcona County. Please do not dump unaccepted items at the recycling stations. The Ardrossan Boyscouts help to keep some of the stations clean – keep them safe. • Baseline Road Recycling Station, 624 Bethel Drive, Sherwood Park Help keep recyclable items out of the landfill by following these tips: • Ardrossan Recycling Station, Ardrossan Recreation Complex • never leave hazardous waste at the recycling station. These • Josephburg Recycling Station, Moyer Recreation Complex items can be taken to any of the Enviroservice events for • South Cooking Lake Recycling Station, South Cooking Lake proper disposal (see page 9 for more details). Fire Hall • make sure you place only the correct items in the correct bin • Streambank Avenue Recycling Station (brush yard), for recycling. When items go in the incorrect bins it costs 420 Streambank Avenue, Sherwood Park more to process the recyclables and some of the items may All locations, other than at Streambank Avenue, will accept all the end up in the landfill. recyclable materials collected at curbside. Items must be separated • large items are not accepted at recycling stations. You into the correct bins. Some items include: can take large items to an Enviroservice event or a landfill • corrugated cardboard (flattened, clean, dry and unsoiled) for proper disposal (a fee may apply). Strathcona County • glass jars (food and beverage glass containers, lids removed) customers can put up to two large items out twice a year • metal cans (aluminium cans and containers) during Large item pickup. See page 7 for more details. • mixed paper (inserts, flyers, cereal boxes, computer paper, etc.) • • • newspaper plastic containers and Styrofoam passenger tires, rims removed (accepted at the Baseline location only) Visit www.strathcona.ca/utilities for a full list of accepted items. Landfill and transfer stations (call for hours and locations) Edmonton Waste Management Centre, 780-442-5311 Fort Saskatchewan Transfer Station, 780-992-6152 Lindbrook Transfer Station, 780-662-2704 8 Enviroservice events Broadmoor Boulevard Enviroservice events are held every two Enviroservice events are your weeks from May to October. Thursday opportunity to drop off household events are held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and hazardous waste, electronics and Saturday events are held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. appliances for proper disposal or recycling. Event days are listed in the calendar. Items are not collected at curb side. These events are available to all The event takes place at Streambank Strathcona County residents. Avenue Recycling Station, 420 Streambank Avenue, Sherwood Park. N Disposal of household Please obey all signs. Items Streambank hazardous materials are accepted only during Ave. Many paints, cleaners, automobile event hours; please do care products, solvents, pesticides, not drop items off early. herbicides, stains and varnishes Petroleum Way Lakeland Dr. contain toxic or hazardous components. Once exposed to the environment, these substances These items can also be taken to the Eco may threaten living organisms. Stations at 5150–99 Street, Edmonton or Small quantities accumulate over 14710 Ellerslie Road SW Edmonton. time and contaminate the air, water and • Electronics can also be taken to Staples Business Depot 350, 390 Baseline Road, soil. Products that are flammable, corrosive, Sherwood Park. explosive or toxic should not be disposed • CFL lightbulbs are accepted at most hardware stores. of in landfills or sewage systems. • Oil is accepted at Sherwood Park Bottle Depot & Used Oil Recycling Centre Items accepted abrasive cleaners acetone aerosol sprays alkaline batteries (nonrechargeable) all-purpose cleaners antifreeze appliances (fridges, stoves, dishwashers, freezers, washer/dryers) barbecue propane tanks (20 lb or under) bleach butane car batteries cell phones computers (monitors, keyboards, hard drives, accessories) disinfectants drain cleaner fabric softeners fire extinguishers fluorescent tubes furnace hot water tanks insecticides kerosene metal microwaves oil oven cleaners paint thinners/strippers paints (oil/water based) pesticides rubbing alcohol rechargeable batteries small appliances solvents, turpentine, varnish, lacquers stereos, speakers televisions wood preservatives Items not accepted commercial hazardous waste commercial bio-waste expired medication explosives radioactive waste munitions (bullets etc.) fireworks pressurized gases (over 20 lb) Tips to avoid long lines Wait for a couple of hours instead of lining up at the event start time. July and August events are 9 also less busy. 9 Christmas trees are more than just a pretty face! Trees that are collected will be shredded into woodchips and then added to the organic material collected in the green carts to make compost. The woodchips add air pockets in the compost that make organic materials break down quicker. Re Make Treecycle! duce use cycle your new year's solution When putting your tree out for collection, please remember to: • cut your tree into four-foot sections • remove all decorations, tinsel and lights • take the tree out of the tree stand • remove any plastic bags used to transport the tree • have your tree out for collection by 7:30 a.m. on your collection day If you don’t receive waste collection services from Strathcona County, you can take your tree to the Streambank Avenue Recycling Station or Edmonton's Waste Management Centre free of charge, and it will be chipped and recycled. 10 January 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 13 14 Remember to leave at least 1 m (3 ft) of space between your carts. New Yearâ€™s Day 8 15 9 16 10 17 11 18 12 19 20 21 Organics, waste and recycling collection for all waste collection customers. Make sure carts are at least 1 m (3 ft) apart. Organics and recycling collection Waste and recycling collection 22 23 24 29 30 31 25 26 27 Windy days On windy collection days, put your paper recycling in a reusable container with a lid. Place a piece of box board, such as a cereal box, on the top.You can also place your container recycling (clear blue bag) on top of your paper recycling to help prevent paper from escaping. Or hang on to your recycling and put it out the following week. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities 28 Christmas tree collection - cut into four-foot sections. Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 11 Missed collection Missed collections are upsetting, but there is usually a reason that the materials were not collected as expected. Waste collectors use “oops” stickers to let residents know why the materials were not collected and to help make sure they are collected the next time. Some reasons include: • unacceptable materials were found in the waste or organics cart, blue bag or reusable container • the incorrect cart was placed out for collection • cart was too close to another object or cart and the truck couldn’t access or reach it – cart must be at least 1 m (3 ft) away from all other objects • recyclables were not packaged properly • the lid of the cart did not close properly due to overfilling • cart and contents were too heavy (must weigh less than 90 kg or 200 lb) Make sure you sort your items correctly and help reduce contamination. Remember to have your waste out by 7:30 a.m. Collection occurs between 7:30 a.m and 9 p.m. Materials may be picked up at different times each week. If your item(s) were sorted and packaged properly and got missed, please call 780-449-5514 before 10 a.m. the next business day. Leave the items at curbside. Sometimes inclement weather or mechanical troubles can slow down collection. Updates will be posted on our website and through our Twitter account www.twitter.com/strathcocounty or @StrathcoCounty. Thank you for your patience, we will be working hard to stay on schedule! 12 February 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 Out by 7:30 a.m. 2 3 4 Waste and recycling collection 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 28 29 19 Organics and recycling collection Collection still occurs today Want more eco-tips? Sign up for our eNewsletter, Green Living.Visit the website to subscribe. Family Day 26 27 Does your cart need repair? Utilities will repair any cart that breaks or cracks through normal use. Carts that are damaged by improper use or abuse will be subject to a replacement and service fee. Call Utilities for information. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities 780-449-5514 13 Your sump pump A sump pump is an important part of your homeâ€™s foundation drainage system that helps to protect your house from flooding during rain or snow melt. The sump pump is usually located in the basement of your home in a utility room or laundry space. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the drainage system on your property. Your sump pump pipe should discharge water at least 1.5 metres (five feet) from the foundation wall. If your sump pump discharges on the ground, place a splash pad below where the sump pump discharge pipe comes through the foundation wall (connecting discharge pipes or hoses are not recommended). This will reduce erosion and soggy areas by your home. It is important to perform regular maintenance checks on your sump pump system, every spring as well as every couple of months. This can help prevent backups and flooding from occurring. Visit the website for maintenance and seasonal tips www.strathcona.ca/utilities 14 March 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 Organics and recycling collection Waste and recycling collection 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sewer troubles? Call 780-467-7785. An operator will call you back within one hour any time of the day or night. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 Keep it light and fluffy! Avoid packing down contents in your cart. Materials may become stuck in the cart and the truck may not be able to fully empty it. Layering your cart every 30 cm (12") will also reduce materials from becoming stuck. If items are stuck, it is up to you to loosen and put it out for next pickup date. 15 Your recycling collector Meet Nick. Nick is one of our recycling collectors in Strathcona County and he talks about two of the biggest concerns with recycling. Remember, these operators collect from thousands of households every week. Help keep Nick safe by doing your part! Why is it important to have your recycling in a clear blue bag? It makes it a whole lot easier to see the recycling from the inside of the truck. This helps make sure your recycling gets picked up and not accidentally missed. Also make sure your paper recycling isn't too heavy. A large container full of magazines and newspaper is heavy to lift. Having to lift this over and over puts a lot of strain on us. I've just about put my back out a couple times. Why does cardboard have to be cut down to 1 m x 30 cm (3 ft x 1 ft)? We have special two-stream trucks in the County so we can collect paper and container recyclables at the same time. Because of this, our hopper (the area inside the truck where the recycling is placed) is smaller than a regular recycling truck. When cardboard is too big, it jams up the hopper. This adds to how long it takes to collect recycling. Though it only seems like a short time to remove it, multiply that by 800 homes and it adds a lot of time to your day. Want to see more tips from Nick? Check out the video on our website. 16 April 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 7 6 Collection still occurs today Waste and recycling collection Good Friday 8 Easter Sunday 15 22 9 10 11 12 13 14 Special events Earth Day celebrate our planet! 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pitch-In April 23 May 6 Collection still occurs today Easter Monday 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pitch-In Canada is April 23 to May 6. Help clean up your neighbourhood! Earth Day 29 Organics and recycling collection The County's annual composter and rain barrel pre-sale is on May 5. Watch our website and local paper for details. 30 Windy days On windy collection days, put your paper recycling in a reusable container with a lid. Place a piece of box board, such as a cereal box, on the top.You can also place your container recycling (clear blue bag) on top of your paper recycling to help prevent paper from escaping. Or hang on to your recycling and put it out the following week. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 17 Extra yard waste collection It's time to get your yard into shape after winter! To accommodate the extra volume yard waste from spring and fall cleanup, you can put out the extra yard waste in clear bags for collection during designated weeks. During these weeks only, extra yard waste that does not fit inside your green organics cart must be placed in clear bags and put out on your regular collection day. There is no limit to the amount of clear bags you can put out. All tree branches must be under one inch in diameter. Branches up to one metre in length can be bundled and placed out for collection. Bundles can weigh no more than 25 kg (55 lb). Make sure your clear bags and tree bundles are at the end of your driveway or property. Some organic items take a lot longer to break down and need to be sent to a wood chipper or other facility to be broken down further. Tree branches over one inch in diameter can be taken to Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre located at 420 Streambank Avenue in Sherwood Park. Tree stumps and roots are too large to be chipped and are not accepted at Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre. These items can be taken to a landfill (charges may apply). This service is available for Strathcona County waste collection customers only. 18 May 20 12 S M T W T F S Organics and recycling collection Get your compost! In the spring and fall, local non-profit groups will be selling compost for a fundraiser. Watch the local newspaper or our website for details. Waste and recycling collection 1 2 3 4 Rain barrel and 5 composter presale. Watch local paper for details. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 4 p.m. 17 to 8 p.m. 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 29 30 31 1 20 Collection still occurs today Victoria Day 27 28 Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 Extra yard waste collection. Make sure it is in clear plastic bags. Large item pickup maximum two items See page 7 Enviroservice event See page 9 for details Lawn busters Be a great neighbour and help a senior with lawn care! Lawn Busters matches eligible seniors with volunteers to assist with lawn mowing. Volunteer by calling 780-464-4044. 19 Summer guide to using your green organics cart Wee kly c art c organics • Layering is key! To reduce the chance of materials sticking to ollec tion the bottom and sides of the cart, every 30 cm (12") layer wet starts f or c e rtain organics (kitchen scraps, grass clippings) with dry organics area o s n J (crumpled up newspapers or cardboard). It will also help une 18. S e e reduce odours. Another option is to use page 3 for deta i compostable bags. ls. • Avoid packing contents of the cart down. Organic materials may become stuck in the cart and the truck may not be able to fully empty it. If materials become stuck, use a broom handle or shovel to loosen the materials. It is up to you to loosen materials and put out for your next pickup day. • Keep smelly organics in the freezer until your organics collection day. Wrap meat, bones and fish in newspaper to help reduce odours and pests. • Store the organics cart in a shaded or covered area. • Sprinkle a small amount of vinegar, powdered garden lime, baking soda or powdered laundry detergent (without bleach) at the bottom of the organics cart. Controlling pests Taking steps to control pests is best. Spreading detergent or vinegar around the lip of the cart may control insects. Visit our website for tips to help reduce and remove pests found with organic waste. 20 June 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 Sewer troubles? Call 780-467-7785. An operator will call you back within one hour any time of the day or night. 3 4 5 World Environment Day 10 17 11 18 2 Waste and recycling collection 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6 7 8 9 15 16 Enviroservice event See page 9 for details 23 Extra yard waste collection Make sure it is in clear bags Canadian Environment Week is June 3 to 9. 12 19 13 4 p.m. 14 to 8 p.m. 20 21 22 Weekly organics cart collection begins for designated areas. See page 3. 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remember to leave 1 m (3 ft) of space around your cart (including between the waste and organic carts on double-cart collection weeks). Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Organics and recycling collection Large item pickup maximum two items See page 7 Weekly organics cart collection for designated areas (see map on page 3 for areas) Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 21 1 Grasscycling is an alternative to raking and collecting grass and leaves. Save time and money! Mow your lawn higher. Keep the grass blade length about 6 cm. This encourages the roots to grow deep, giving a healthier, hardier lawn. 2 3 Keep the blades on your mower sharp. This will give your grass a nice clean cut. Did you k Gras scycl now i n g hel mois ps ke tur ep donâ€™t e in the soil s have o you to w lawn ater as of your ten. Gras scycl ing is fertil a izer f or yo natural Clipp ur law ings r n. e nutri ents lease valu s a u bl potas c sium h as nitro e and p gen, into the g hosp ho ro deco mpo und when rus se. they Mow often, about every four or five days. It will keep the clippings small so they can fall between the blades of grass and decompose quickly. If you have been unable to mow for a while, collect the clippings and put them in your organics cart or bring them to Streambank Avenue Recycling Station. 5 4 Mow when your grass is dry. Dry clippings are dispersed better and there is less chance of clogging the mower. Any mower will do. If your mower does not have a safety flap over the chute, make sure you purchase a retrofit kit. 22 July 20 12 S M T W T F S Organics and recycling collection Not sure if you are in a weekly organics cart collection area? Check out the map on page 3. 1 2 3 Waste and recycling collection 4 5 6 7 Canada Day 8 9 10 11 4 p.m. 12 to 8 p.m. 13 14 Enviroservice event See page 9 for details Weekly organics cart collection for designated areas. (see map on page 3 for areas) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Special events Canada Dayâ€“ celebrate at Broadmoor Lake Park 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 29 30 31 Going on holidays? Ask a neighbour to put your cart and recycling out for you. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 23 Follow these guidelines to even out the demand on our water system during daily peak periods. Hot temperatures and a lack of rainfall contribute exponentially to the demand for limited water resources. Watering one hour a week is all your lawn needs A good heavy watering once a week helps produce a deeper root system which is less likely to be damaged by drought. And remember if it has rained, you may not need to water! Water your lawn early in the morning - before 7 a.m. is best - or after 7 p.m. Avoid it Avoid using water during peak demand periods (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ) and during the day when too much water is lost to evaporation. If you have an underground irrigation system, it is important that it does not come on when it is raining. One way to make sure is to consider installing a rain sensor. Visit a home garden centre for details. 24 August 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 Organics and recycling collection Waste and recycling collection 5 Collection still occurs today 6 7 8 4 p.m. 9 to 8 p.m. 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 Heritage Day 12 Enviroservice event See page 9 for details Weekly organics cart collection for certain areas. (see map on page 3 for areas) 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 26 27 28 29 30 31 Layer Layer Layer! Place a layer of crumpled up newspaper, cardboard or other dry organic materials in your cart. Then every 30 cm (12") alternate with wet organics. Avoid packing the organics down as they may become stuck. See page 20 for more. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 Hold off on cleaning Wait until just before your organics collection day to clean out your refrigerator or freezer. 25 Organics can't we just put them in the landfill? Organics break down right? So you may be asking, why can't we just put them in the landfill? Here are a couple reasons why we want to keep organics out of the landfill. Cha-ching! It costs 30 per cent more per tonne to send material to the landfill instead of the composter. Breakin' it down! Organics don't break down in a landfill as they normally should. Materials in a landfill get tightly packed in where they have little exposure to air, moisture and decomposing microorganisms. These elements are needed to break down organic material into valuable compost. Space invader! Organic materials take up space in the landfill. Transformed and ready to work! The compost made from the organics is used in the parks, community gardens and for fundraising initiatives. 26 September 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 Leaves can cause build-up in your cart. They soak up the moisture in the cart and can cause the contents to become stuck. To help prevent this, every 30 cm (12") layer your wet organics (food, leaves, grass, etc.) with dry organics (crumpled newspaper, pizza boxes, etc.). 2 Collection still occurs today Waste and recycling collection 3 4 5 4 p.m. 6 to 8 p.m. 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 Labour Day 9 Last week for weekly organics cart collection 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 30 Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities 27 Enviroservice event See page 9 for details Weekly organics cart collection for certain areas. (see map on page 3 for areas) 21 9 a.m. 22 to12 noon 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 23 Organics and recycling collection 28 29 Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 Large item pickup Maximum two items See page 7 Rural Enviroservice event. Watch our website or the local newspaper for details. Please note: appliances, waste and metal are not accepted at the rural event. 27 Be smart and selective when pouring or flushing things down the drain. Wipe it Before you wash your dishes, donâ€™t forget to pour grease, fat and cooking oils into a container or wipe them out. If they are continually poured down the drain, it will lead to build up. Pouring hot water down the drain does not reduce build up. This build up will increase the risk of a sewer back up. Cooled grease, fat and cooking oils can be placed in your green organics cart. Flush it? Large or absorbent items (feminine hygiene products, paper towels, baby wipes, clothing, nylons etc.) should not be flushed down the toilet or drain because they can get stuck in the pipe and increase the risk of sewer backups. They can also increase the frequency of repairs which can increase sewer fees. Medical waste, including needles, should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in your black waste cart or taken to a pharmacy for disposal. When flushed down the drain, these items pose a safety hazard to staff who work on our sewer system. Sewer troubles? Call 780-467-7785. An operator will call you back within one hour any time of the day or night. 28 October 20 12 S M T W T F S Out by 7:30 a.m. 7 Organics and recycling collection Try making waste-free lunches. Use reusable containers and cloth lunch bags or take a reusable water bottle instead of a juice box. Waste and recycling collection 1 2 3 4 p.m. to 4 8 p.m. 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 Collection still occurs today Thanksgiving 14 Waste Reduction Week is October 14 to 20 â€“ put your waste on a diet! Enviroservice event Last one until Spring 2013. See page 9 for details. 20 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 Plan to be 31 eeeko-friendly this Halloween! 1 2 Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Last one for 2012! Extra yard waste collection. Make sure it is in clear bags. 780-449-5514 27 29 Winter collection tips We know that the weather in Alberta can change drastically – sometimes overnight! Here are some tips to keep in mind once the temperature drops. Give your organics cart a winter lining. Line the bottom and sides of your organics cart with newspaper. Then every 30 cm (12") make sure to layer wet organics (food waste, leaves) with dry organics (crumpled newspaper, pizza boxes). This will reduce the possibility of organics freezing to the cart when the temperature drops. Layering is even more important during the time of year when temperatures fluctuate frequently. Keep it fluffy. Avoid packing contents of the cart down. Organic materials may become stuck in the cart and the truck may not be able to fully empty it. Wrap it up! Wrap wet or smelly organics in soiled boxes (cereal or cracker box), paper bags or newspaper to help prevent them from freezing to the cart. Pull, don’t push. When there is snow on the ground, pull your organics or waste cart – don’t push. The bottom of the cart will cause snow to build up making it difficult to move. By pulling, snow build up does not occur. Be friendly. Get to know your neighbours. If they need help getting their cart to the curb, ask if you can do it for them. Take it off-road. Only when snow clearing is occurring in your neighbourhood, make sure to place your cart on your driveway and not on the road. See page 6 for placement information. 30 November 20 12 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 Organics and recycling collection Waste and recycling collection 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Remembrance Day Does your cart need repair? Utilities will repair any cart that breaks or cracks through normal use. Carts that are damaged by improper use or abuse will be subject to a replacement and service fee. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 Extra yard waste collection. Make sure it is in clear bags. Want more eco-tips? Sign up for our eNewsletter, Green Living.Visit our website to subscribe. Watch for it! Your 2013 waste collection schedule is coming with your utility bill next month. See the back cover for more details. 31 Green Christmas Christmas is a time of celebration and tradition. Here are some ways to incorporate some eco-choices into your holiday decorating and new holiday traditions. Use decorative reusable bags, boxes, tins or tea towels to wrap your gifts. It is like giving two gifts in one! A real tree can be an environmental choice this Christmas. Christmas trees are considered a renewable resource. Many of the materials used to make an artificial tree are not. When Christmas is over, put your real tree out for collection. These trees will be shredded into woodchips and then added to the organic material collected in the green carts to make compost. Use potted trees or plants for topiaries for festive decorating. Visit your favourite local garden centre to see if they offer Christmas design courses. Recycle old greeting cards by cutting out images to make gift tags. Avoid foil or metallic gift wrap, it can't be recycled. 32 December 20 12 S M T W T F S Waste and recycling collection 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Christmas break, no collection this week 30 X 31 Christmas Day X Boxing Day X X Sewer troubles? Call 780-467-7785. An operator will call you back within one hour any time of the day or night. Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Organics and recycling collection 1 Cardboard too big? Larger pieces of cardboard that canâ€™t be cut down to 30 cm x 1 m (1 ft x 3 ft) can be taken to a recycling station. X Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 X No collection this week. Both waste and organics carts will be collected December 31 to January 4 for all waste collection customers. * Tuesday, January 1 collection will occur on Wednesday, January 2. Watch for it! Your 2013 waste collection calendar will be coming with your utility bill this month. See back cover for details. 33 Clean green Try out some simple and effective alternatives for potentially harmful cleaning chemicals. All-purpose spray cleaner 2 mL vegetable oil-based soap 2 mL washing soda 5 mL borax 25 mL vinegar or lemon juice 500 mL hot water Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until well mixed. Spray, wipe clean and rinse as you would with any spray cleaner. Drain cleaner 60 mL baking soda 125 mL vinegar Pour soda, then vinegar and close drain until fizzing stops. Flush with boiling water. Oven cleaner Absorb fresh spills by sprinkling with table salt while still warm. When cool, brush and wipe off. Soften baked-on spills with borax and lemon juice paste. Tub and tile cleaner Use baking soda for routine cleaning; a borax and lemon juice paste for tough soap scum. 34 January 20 13 S M T W T F S Organics and recycling collection Your 2013 waste collection calendar was delivered with your utility bill in December. See back cover for details. Collection will occur on Wednesday, January 2 6 7 13 1 X 2 3 Waste and recycling collection 4 5 Remember to leave at least 1 m (3 ft) of space between your carts. 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities Organics, waste and recycling collection for all waste collection customers. Make sure carts are at least one metre apart. Christmas tree collection - cut into four-foot sections. See page 10 for details. Out by 7:30 a.m. 780-449-5514 35 Contact us Waste and recycling 780-449-5514 Water and wastewater emergencies (24-hour phone line) 780-467-7785 Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/strathcocounty Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/strathcona.county Check out our videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/strathconacounty Take note! Black waste cart serial #_________________________ Green organics cart serial #______________________ (the serial number is located by the bar code on the front of the cart) 2013 calendar The February and March 2013 calendar will be delivered with your December 2012 utility bill. The full 2013 calendar will be delivered to households in March 2013. Why the change? Sending out the calendar in March allows us to incorporate any changes that may come from the budget process in December. We also miss getting mixed in with all the extra holiday mail in December. Environmental facts per paper type Outside coated paper Post-consumer-waste content 25% Total recycled content 50% Environmental certifications 2 Inside uncoated paper Post-consumer-waste content 100% Total recycled content 100% New trees cut 0 Environmental certifications 2 ÂŠ Municipal Media Inc. www.custombuiltcalendars.com 36