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2010 Strathcona County waste collection calendar


The Green Routine took some time to get used to and it is now part of our daily routines. The community has done a great job and because of the Green Routine, we are now one of the leaders in Alberta for reducing our waste. In 2009, the Green Routine won an award from the Recycling Council of Alberta for outstanding contributions to waste reduction, recycling and resource conservation in Alberta.

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 new 2010 waste calendar is being sent to all County residents to use. It is packed full of tips on how to reduce your environmental footprint, waste minimization, water conservation and more!

Cathy Olesen, MAYOR

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Baseline Road Recycling Station

Mills Haven

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Westboro

Broadmoor Boulevard

Woodbridge Farms

Fountain Creek Estates

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Balmoral Heights

Heritage Hills Glen Allan

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Lakeland Ridge

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Broadmoor Village

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Weekly organics collection Sherwood Park and rural hamlets receive weekly organics collection mid-June to mid-September. See page 5 for details.

Baseline Road

Broadmoor Estates

Sherwood Heights Village on the Lake

Charlton Heights

Forrest Greens Nottingham

Maplewood The Estates of Sherwood Park

Heritage Highlands Foxhaven

Foxboro

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Regency The Park Ridge

Regency Park Estates

Highway 21

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Services at a glance

What it looks like Green cart

What to put in it

How much you can put out for collection

Organics Kitchen scraps, grass clippings

All organics must fit inside the cart with the lid closed. Materials left outside the cart will not be collected. Cart and contents must weigh less than 200 lb. No biodegradable or plastic bags.

Black cart

Waste Tinfoil, chip bags, granola bar wrappers

All waste must fit inside the cart with the lid closed. Materials left outside the cart will not be collected. Cart and contents must weigh less than 200 lb.

Clear blue plastic bag

Recyclable containers Glass, metal, plastic, Styrofoam

Unlimited quantity. Rinsed items must be placed in clear blue plastic bags. No construction materials.

Reusable bag or container

Paper

Unlimited quantity. Items must be placed in a reusable bag or container.

Newspaper, corrugated cardboard, cereal and tissue boxes

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Container and contents must weigh less than 50 lb. Cardboard no larger than one foot x three feet (0.3 m x 0.9 m)

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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. Recycling and carts may be picked up by separate trucks. Leave items out until 9 p.m. Collection occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If your item(s) were missed, please call 780-449-5514 before 10 a.m. the next business day. Leave the items at curbside. 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 correct location – carts in the back alley and recycling at the front of your property. Not sure if you have approved back alley collection? Call Utilities for more information.

Your cart requires one metre (three feet) on all sides (including the top) 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. Weekly organics collection From mid-June to mid-September, organics are collected weekly for residents in the hamlets of Sherwood Park (including Balmoral Heights, Fountain Creek and Sherwood Park Golf and Country Club Estates) Antler Lake, Ardrossan, Collingwood Cove, Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg and North and South Cooking Lake. See page 3 for collection map. Weekly collection was added in 2009 in response to residents’ feedback. A survey of residents indicated that most hamlet residents were in favour of weekly organic collection. The survey also found that the majority of acreage and farm residents did not want the extra collection.

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Putting your cart out during street maintenance 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. Please place your organics or waste cart at 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.

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If you have a boulevard, make sure you put your cart in between the sidewalk and the road.

On all other collection days, it’s back to normal.

If you have a sidewalk, make sure you put your cart at the edge of the sidewalk and your driveway. 6


Large Item Pickup Do you have large or heavy items that are no longer usable? During large item collection weeks, leave two large household items at the front curb on your regular collection day and we will haul them away for you. Monday, Wednesday and Friday pickups will be one week and Tuesday and Thursday pickups will be the following week. 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 six feet by three feet (1.8 m x 0.9 m) and weigh less than 200 lb (90 kg). Please remove doors and lids from fridges and freezers, and make sure the coolant system is not damaged. Items with fuel or oil tanks

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(barbecues, lawn mowers etc.) must have fuel tanks removed. Fuel and empty fuel tanks can be taken to an Enviroservice event (see page 9 for details). Please make sure there is nothing left inside the large item.

Items not acceptable:

Examples of acceptable items:

pressurized tanks snowmobiles* stereos televisions items longer than 1.8 metres (six feet) in length* items weighing more than 200 lb*

barbecues (no tanks) dishwashers freezers (doors removed) fridges (doors removed) furniture lawn furnitures lawnmowers luggage mattresses and boxsprings rain barrels sinks snowblower stoves toilets washer and dryers wheel barrows

*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 There are five recycling station locations in Strathcona County. • Baseline Road Recycling Station, 624 Bethel Drive, Sherwood Park • Ardrossan Recycling Station, Ardrossan Recreation Complex • Josephburg Recycling Station, Moyer Recreation Complex • South Cooking Lake Recycling Station, South Cooking Lake Fire Hall

Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre, 420 Streambank Avenue, Sherwood Park

All locations, other than at Streambank Avenue, will accept all the materials collected at curbside. Items must be separated into the correct bins. Some items include: • Corrugated cardboard (flattened, clean, dry and unsoiled) • Glass jars (food and beverage glass containers, lids removed) • Metal cans (aluminium cans and containers such as pie plates and take-out containers) • Mixed paper (inserts, flyers, cereal boxes, computer paper etc.) • Newspaper • Plastic containers and styrofoam • Tires, rims removed (accepted at the Baseline location only) Visit www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities for a full list of accepted items.

Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre 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. Help keep recyclable items out of the landfill by following these tips: • Never leave hazardous waste at the recycling station. These items can be taken to any of the Enviroservice events for proper disposal. • Make sure you place only the correct items in the correct bin for recycling. When items go in the incorrect bins it costs more to process the recyclables and some of the items may end up in the landfill. • Large items are not accepted at the recycling station. You can also take large items to an Enviroservice event or a landfill for proper disposal (a fee may apply). For Strathcona County customers, you can put two large items out twice a year during Large Item Pickup. Landfill and transfer stations Edmonton Waste Management Centre, 780-442-5311 Fort Saskatchewan Transfer Station, 780-992-6152 Lindbrook Transfer Station, 780-662-2704

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Enviroservice events Enviroservice events are your opportunity to drop off household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances for proper disposal or recycling. These events are available to all Strathcona County residents. Disposal of household hazardous materials Many paints, cleaners, automobile care products, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, stains and varnishes contain toxic or hazardous components. Once exposed to the environment, these substances may threaten living organisms. Small quantities accumulate over time and contaminate the air, water, and soil. Products that are flammable, corrosive, explosive, or toxic should not be disposed of in landfills or sewage systems. Enviroservice events are held every two weeks from May to October. Thursday

Items accepted events are held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday events are held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event days are listed in the calendar The event takes place at Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre, 420 Streambank Avenue, Sherwood Park. Enter the event Streambank Avenue northbound via Petroleum Way. There is no entrance westbound on Streambank Avenue. Please obey all signs. Items are accepted only during event hours; please do not drop items off early. Items are not collected at curbside. These items can also be taken to the Eco Stations at 5150–99 Street, Edmonton or 11440–143 Street, Edmonton. • Electronics can also be taken to Staples Business Depot 350, 390 Baseline Road, Sherwood Park. • CFL lightbulbs are accepted at most hardware stores. • Oil is recycled at Sherwood Park Bottle Depot & Used Oil Recycling Centre

Abrasive cleaners Acetone Aerosol sprays Alkaline batteries (non-rechargeable) All-purpose cleaners Antifreeze Appliances (fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers) Barbecue propane tanks Bleach Butane Car batteries Cell phones Computers (monitors, keyboards, hard drives, accessories) Disinfectants Drain cleaner Fabric softeners Fire extinguishers Fluorescent tubes Insecticides Kerosene 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 (other than BBQ propane tanks)

Tips to avoid long lines

Wait for a couple of hours instead of lining up at the event start time. July or August events are also less busy.

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Treecycle! Christmas trees – more than just a pretty face! Did you know that once the twinkle lights and ornaments are taken off Christmas trees, they still have an important role to play? Trees 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. 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 In 2009, 17 tonnes of Christmas trees were collected! If you don’t receive waste collection services from Strathcona County, you can take your tree to Streambank Avenue Recycling Centre or Edmonton's Waste Management Centre free of charge, and it will be chipped and recycled.

Make reduce, reuse, recycle your new year’s green resolution!


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Layer Layer Layer! Layer your cart every 10 to 12 inches with newspaper or other dry organic materials to reduce the possibility of wet organics freezing to the sides of the cart.

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Christmas tree collection - cut into four-foot sections.

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Does recycling really make a difference? You bet! In addition to keeping materials out of the landfill here’s some more reasons why recycling is important! • Protects natural resources - making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials reduces the need to harvest, drill or mine for new raw materials, which can affect local environments. • Saves energy – it usually takes less energy to make recycled products than making new ones. The amount of energy saved in the first year of the Green Routine could provide enough electricity for 7,878 homes in Strathcona County for one year. Total savings are 94,532,860 kWh, and the average single family household in North America uses approximately 12,000 kWh per year. • Saves clean air and water – making products from recycled materials generally creates less pollution and uses less water than making new materials. The amount of paper we recycled last year saved 162,842,190 litres of water. • Creates jobs – the recycling industry creates more jobs than landfills do!

Buy recycled! For items to be recycled there needs to be a market demand for the material. Not all items that are recyclable have a market and this can fluctuate with economic conditions. Often what drives a manufacturer’s demand for a certain material is the consumers’ demand for the product. Help keep recycling markets going by purchasing items that contain recycled materials.


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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 more information.

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Reminder! Waste collection still occurs on holidays. Want more eco-tips? Sign up for our eNewsletter, Green Living.Visit the website to subscribe.

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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: • waste was not separated properly • the incorrect cart was placed out for collection • cart was too close to another object and the truck couldn’t access or reach it – must be at least one metre apart • recyclables were not packaged properly • the lid of the cart did not close properly due to overfilling • unacceptable materials were found in the cart, blue bag or reusable container • cart and contents were too heavy (must weigh less than 200 lb) Make sure you sort your waste 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. and 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 are posted on our website www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities. Thank you for patience, we will be working hard to stay on schedule!


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Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Sewer troubles? Call 780-467-7785. An operator will call you back within one hour any time of the day or night.

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Go compost! Want to be a true green thumb? Add a backyard composter to your gardening mix! Many gardeners know that using compost is a great way to add nutrients, oxygen and healthy bacteria to help plants grow strong. Compost is a natural fertilizer which reduces the need to add synthetic fertilizers. Soil containing compost holds water like a sponge, which means less watering and more protection for your plants during times of drought. Backyard composting can be as simple as raking fallen leaves into shrub and perennial beds. It provides protection for plants over the winter and preps soil for spring gardening. See the benefits from your kitchen scraps first hand! Set up your composter in a well drained-area of your yard. Place loose twigs, pine needles or other coarse, dry material at the bottom of your composter for drainage and air circulation. Add some dried leaves or dry plant clippings, top with a splash of water, then add your nutrientrich kitchen (no meat, bones etc.) and yard scraps and top with garden soil. Repeat these layers a second time—each layer should be 5 to 10 centimetres thick. If your pile is too dry, add water and more nutrientrich scraps. If it is too wet or has an odour, turn it with a shovel and add more dry material. Compost should have a neutral, earthy odour and a black, crumbly texture when finished. Add finished compost to gardens, around shrubs or sprinkle as a top dressing over your lawn.


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Learn to compost! Every spring Utilities hosts compost workshops. For $5 you can learn the tips and tricks of composting from a pro! Watch the local newspaper or our website for dates and times.

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Special events Earth Day celebrate our planet! The County's annual composter and rain barrel pre-sale is on May 2. Watch for details.

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Green gardening – ecoscape your yard Create more beauty with less water! Ecoscaping combines healthy soil with native and drought-tolerant plants, trees and shrubs to create attractive, low-maintenance and water efficient landscape which leave a small environmental footprint. Weeding, mowing and watering consume a lot of time and precious resources. Ecoscaped yards use ground covers, hardy grasses and low-water plants that require very little maintenance once established. Ecoscaped yards are more resilient when severe weather conditions strike. Traditional yards may be more affected by drought, pests and disease. Plan to attend our “Learn to ecoscape” workshop in May. Watch the local newspaper or visit our website for dates and times. You can also check out our website for more benefits of ecoscaping, tips on getting started and a Strathcona County-customized plant list.


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Get your compost! In the spring and fall, local non-profit groups will be selling compost for a fundraiser. Watch our website for details.

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Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

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Summer guide to using your green organics cart •

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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.


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Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

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Mow&Go! Grasscycling is an alternative to raking and collecting grass and leaves. What is grasscycling? Grasscycling is a natural process that is easy, saves time and money! Simply leave the clippings on your lawn as you mow. They quickly decompose, usually within three days, and act as a natural fertilizer to the soil. Grasscycling tips: • Mow your lawn higher. Keep the grass blade length about 6 cm. This encourages the roots to grow deep, giving a healthier, hardier lawn. • Keep the blades on your mower sharp. This will give your grass a nice clean cut. • 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 Centre. • 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.

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Reduce your water use! Water use can increase as much as 40 per cent during the summer. Follow the simple tips below to help 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. Reducing the demand on our drinking water system can reduce the chances of watering restrictions or bans. • Use a rain barrel. You can save money by reducing your monthly water bill. Collecting rainwater from rooftop runoff provides an ample supply of free soft water containing no chlorine, lime or calcium. Rainwater tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water. This makes it ideal for many uses, including organic vegetable gardens, raised planter beds, indoor tropicals such as ferns and orchids, car washing and cleaning windows. • Check for leaks. We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses for leaks. • Update your sprinkler. Switch to a sprinkler with a timer built in or purchase a timer that can be attached directly to your faucet. • Does your lawn really need to be watered? Lawns become dormant during dry periods and bounce back when it rains. If you do water your lawn, it only needs one hour a week. Water your lawn early in the morning - before 7 a.m. is best.


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Hold off on cleaning Wait until just before your organics collection day to clean out your refrigerator or freezer.

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

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Electronics recycling With so many advances in electronic technology in recent years, it seems items are obsolete before you get them home. This can create large amounts of electronic waste. These electronics contain materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium and PVC plastics that can cause significant environmental and health risks if they end up in Alberta landfills. However, the metals, glass and plastic in these used products can be recycled into valuable products, including the next generation of electronics. Strathcona County sends the electronics to a recycling company that processes the materials right here in Alberta. Electronic materials that are collected for e-cycling: personal computers keyboards mice cables speakers laptop computers notebook computers servers

desktop printers printer combination units fax combination machines computer monitors (CRT) computer monitors (LCD) televisions – wood, CRT, Flat screen rear projection televisions cell phones

You can take your e-cycling to: • one of the Enviroservice events • Staples Business Depot 350, 390 Baseline Road, Sherwood Park • ECO Stations 5150 -99 Street, Edmonton or 11440-143 St, Edmonton Call 780-442-5311 for more information Visit www.albertarecycling.ca for more locations.


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Last week for weekly organics collection for Sherwood Park and rural hamlets Labour Day

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Try making waste-free lunches. Use reusable containers and cloth lunch bags or take a reusable water bottle instead of a juice box.

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

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Reduce your waste-line Celebrate Waste Reduction Week by putting your waste on a diet! Here are some tips to keep your waste-line down. Watch your portion size - purchase products that have minimal packaging. Approximately 35 per cent of household waste is from packaging. Take your vitamins - in the spring and summer put your vegetable scraps in a backyard composter. The compost provides valuable nutrients for gardens. Reduce fibre intake - recycle your cardboard, newspaper and other paper products. If you receive waste collection from Strathcona County, put it out every week for collection at your house. You can also bring paper products to your nearest recycle station. Eliminate empty calories - plastics do not break down in a landfill. Recycle your plastic products at a recycle station or if you receive waste collection from Strathcona County, put plastics out in a clear blue bag for collection at your house. Exercise your give and take - donate lightly used goods to charity, or trade them with your neighbours. Reusing saves energy, money and landfill space! For more tips on reducing your waste, visit www.wrwcanada.com.


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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, layer your wet organics (food, leaves, grass etc.) with dry organics (newspaper, pizza boxes etc.)

Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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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 temperatures drop. Give your organics cart a winter lining. Line the bottom and sides of your organics cart with newspaper. Then make sure to layer wet organics (food waste, leaves) with dry organics (newspaper, pizza boxes). This will reduce the possibility of organics freezing to the cart when the temperatures drop. Layering is even more important during the time of year when temperatures fluctuate frequently. Don’t pack it in. Don’t pack 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 shoe 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. Pulling the cart won’t cause snow to build up while moving the cart. 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 occuring in your neighbourhood, make sure to place your cart on your driveway and not on the road.


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Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Remember collection still occurs on holidays. Want more eco-tips? Sign up for our eNewsletter, Green Living.Visit our website to subscribe.

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Green Christmas Give the environment a gift this holiday season with these creative alternatives. Holiday shopping Take your reusable bags Purchase food in bulk Visit a local farmers' market to buy food for your holiday feast Decorating Get into the Christmas spirit by trimming the tree with a traditional home-made cranberry and popcorn garland. Use pine cones, twigs and leaves to make Christmas decorations. Give old burned out lightbulbs a new purpose! Paint the entire lightbulb in a solid colour. Once dry, paint a festive holiday scene on it, tie a piece of ribbon or yarn to the top (or base) of the bulb and hang on your tree! Gift ideas Buy gifts that have less packaging or use recyclable packaging Buy local – find a one-of-a-kind gift at a farmers market or Christmas craft fair. Cut down on paper by sending electronic greetings by email. Get creative with gift wrap Two gifts in one! Use reusable bags, boxes, tins or tea towels to wrap your gifts. Recycle old greeting cards by cutting out the images to make gift tags. Avoid foil or metallic gift wrap. It can’t be recycled.


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Questions? www.strathcona.ab.ca/utilities

780-449-5514

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Clean green Try out some simple and effective alternatives for potentially harmful cleaning chemicals. Top-of-the-line 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 & Tile Cleaner Use baking soda for routine cleaning; a borax and lemon juice paste for tough soap scum. Happy cleaning!


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By each of us making a small change, together we can make a BIG difference. Calendar contents Rural area map.......................................................2 Sherwood Park and rural hamlet map.............3 Services at a glance...............................................4 Collection day reminders....................................5 Weekly organics collection.................................5 Street maintenance...............................................6 Large item pickup..................................................7 Recycling stations..................................................8 Enviroservice events.............................................9 Treecycle.................................................................10 Does recycling really make a difference?.........12

Missed collection...................................................14 Go compost!..........................................................16 Green gardening....................................................18 Summer guide for organics.................................20 Mow&Go!...............................................................22 Reduce your water use........................................24 Electronics recycling.............................................26 Reduce your waste-line.......................................28 Winter guide for collection................................30 Green Christmas...................................................32 Clean green............................................................34 Š Municipal Media Inc. www.custombuiltcalendars.com

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)


2010 Strathcona County Waste Calendar