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2011

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 Street maintenance...............................................6 Weekly organics collection.................................6 Large item pickup..................................................7 Recycling stations..................................................8 Enviroservice events.............................................9 Treecycle.................................................................10

Electronics recycling.............................................12 Missed collection...................................................14 Rain barrels.............................................................16 Tree watering tips.................................................18 Summer guide for organics.................................20 Grasscycling............................................................22 Get soaked!............................................................24 Organics and the landfill......................................26 SCRAP 'em.............................................................28 Winter guide for collection................................30 Green Christmas...................................................32 Clean green............................................................34

By each of us making a small change, together we can make a BIG difference.

Great job Strathcona County residents—we can be proud to say we live in such an eco-conscious community! From June 2008 to May 2010, we have diverted over 36,255 tonnes of materials from going to the landfill. That has saved over 105,000 cubic yards of landfill space! In 2009, we had an average residential diversion rate of 66 per cent, which is one of the highest in Alberta. 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 2011 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 watering lawns, gardens and trees, cleaning "green," and more! Here is to an even greener year Strathcona County!

Linda Osinchuk, MAYOR

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Weekly organics collection Only residents living in the areas listed on page 3 receive weekly organics collection mid-June to mid-September. See page 6 for details.

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Paper recycling (reusable bag • ice cream pails (rinsed) • milk jugs, plastic (rinsed) • All food products (including or container) bones, meat, shells, oily foods, dairy) • box board (cereal, cracker boxes) • plastics #1 to #7 grade (rinsed) • ashes (cooled) • cardboard, flattened, max. size • plastic bags, bottles and containers • cardboard (soiled) 1'x 3'(can be folded down and placed yogurt, margarine etc. (rinsed) • plastic film or wrap (with or • cat litter (not bagged) underneath the bag or container) without label) • cooking oil (cooled) • catalogues • plastic utensils (rinsed) • coffee filters and grounds • cereal and other food boxes • pop bottles (or take to bottle depot) • cotton balls (without nail polish • coffee cups (rinsed) • Styrofoam products (rinsed) remover or other cleaners) • computer paper • tetra-paks • dryer lint • detergent boxes (emptied) • facial tissue • envelopes (with/without plastic • wine cork (plastic) • Ziploc bags (rinsed) • feathers window) • floor sweepings • glossy paper Waste (black cart) • freezer paper • greeting cards • air fresheners • grass clippings • ice cream cartons (rinsed) • air filters • grease (cooled) • laundry detergent boxes(emptied) • aluminium foil • hair • magazines • bakeware (cookie sheets, muffin tins) • leaves • milk cartons (rinsed & flattened) • bows and ribbons • paper products (soiled) • newspaper • bricks • paper plates, napkins • paper napkins, plates, cups (clean) • broken glass (wrapped in paper) • parchment paper • paper products • candles • pet waste (not bagged) • phone books • carpet (must fit inside cart) • pet wood shavings • photos • CDs and DVDs • pizza boxes (soiled) • shredded paper • ceramics and dishes • plant containers, paper • wrapping paper (no foil) • cigarettes • plant materials • cleaning wipes Container recycling (clear • popcorn bags • clothing (not reusable) blue plastic bag) • popsicle sticks • aluminium cans & containers • contact lenses • sawdust and wood chips • contraceptive products • shredded paper (small amount) beverage, soup, vegetable, pie plates, • cosmetic containers take out containers (rinsed) • soap, bar • cotton balls (soiled) • baby bottle liners (rinsed) • toothpicks • crayons • bread bags • twigs (small pieces) • dental floss • cereal plastic liner • wax paper (soiled) • disposable diapers and wipes • cheese wrapper (clean) • weeds • dryer sheets • glass jars and bottles (rinsed) • wine cork (wood) • drywall (must fit inside cart) Organics (green cart)

• elastic bands • fairy ring (from lawn) • feminine hygiene items • flour bags (or any bag that has a lining) • foil wrappers • foam More • frozen juice cans items are • furnace filters • granola bar wrappers listed on • latex products the A-Z • leather • incandescent light bulbs list on our • make-up remover pads website • magnets • matchbooks • meat tray liners • medical waste (or take to a pharmacy for disposal) • metal rods, coat hangers, etc. • microwaves • 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)

• toothbrush & toothpaste tubes • toys, broken • vacuum bags

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Collection day reminders •

Your cart requires one metre (three feet) on all sides so the All items for collection must be out before 7:30 a.m. on your collection truck can access and collection day. Specific collection times are not scheduled lift it. Leave at least one metre between your cart, recycling, during the day and the time your items are collected may other carts, fences, mailboxes, basketball nets, overhanging tree change from week to week. It is important to have your items limbs, parked cars and any other objects. Remember to make out before 7:30 a.m. so they don’t get missed. sure there is at least three metres (10 feet) of clearance above Collection occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Recycling and the cart so the truck can lift it safely. carts may be picked up by separate trucks. Leave items out until 9 p.m. If your item(s) were missed, please call Services at a glance 780-449-5514 before 10 a.m. the next business What to put in it How much can you put day. Leave the items at curbside. out for collection All items must fit inside carts with the lid closed. Materials Green cart Organics All organics must fit inside the All food products, grass cart with the lid closed. No left outside the cart will not be collected. Cart and contents clippings, soiled paper plastic or biodegradable bags. must weigh less than 90 kg (200 lb). Black cart Waste All waste must fit inside the If you live in rural Strathcona County, make sure your house Tinfoil, chip bags, cart with the lid closed. granola bar wrappers number is clearly visible from the road. Make sure your cart is visible and accessible from the road. Clear blue Container recycling Unlimited quantity. Rinsed plastic bag Glass, metal, plastic items must be placed in If you have approved back alley collection, make sure Clean and dry clear blue plastic bags. No your waste or organics cart and your recycling are placed out construction materials. in the back alley at least one metre (three feet) from all other Reusable bag Paper recycling Unlimited quantity. Must be or container Newspaper, cardboard in reusable bag or container items. Not sure if you have approved back alley collection? with handles. Call Utilities at 780-449-5514 for more information. 5

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.

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Please place your organics or waste cart no further than 30 cm (one foot) 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.

See page 3 for collection map of weekly organics collection areas. A survey completed in 2008 found that the majority of acreage and farm residents in the rural area of Strathcona County did not want extra collection.

On all other collection days, it’s back to normal. Boulevards If you have a boulevard, make sure you put your & sidewalks cart in between the sidewalk and the road.

Weekly organics collection From mid-June to mid-September, organics are collected weekly for residents who live in the hamlets of: • Sherwood Park (including Balmoral Heights, Sherwood Park Golf & Country Club Estates, and Fountain Creek Estates) • Antler Lake • Ardrossan • Collingwood Cove • Half Moon Lake • Hastings Lake • Josephburg • North and South Cooking Lake

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

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Large Item Pickup Do you have large or heavy items that are no longer usable? During Large Item Pickup weeks, leave up to 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 another 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 1.8 m x 0.9 m (6 ft x 3 ft) and weigh less than 90 kg (200 lb). Please remove doors and lids 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 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. Examples of acceptable items •  barbecue (no tanks) •  basketball net (please put a sign on it to let collector know it is for pickup) •  dishwasher •  freezer (doors removed) •  fridge (doors removed) •  furnace •  furniture •  hot water tank •  lawn furniture •  lawn mower •  luggage •  mattress and box spring (king-sized box springs counts as two items) •  rain barrel •  sink •  snowblower (fuel tank removed) •  stove •  toilet •  washer and dryer •  wheel barrow (broken)

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•  assembled swing set •  barbecue propane tank Reme mber du •  car parts* Large Item w ring eeks t •  computer (monitor, keep it o em tower, key board, not to s that are be coll basket speaker, mouse) ected ba (e wheel ll nets, bike g. •  desktop printer s, barrow away fr s •  microwave om th etc.) e end •  pressurized tank your dr of iv are no eway so th •  snowmobile* ey t accid entally picked •  stereo up. •  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. 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. materials collected at curbside. Items must be separated into the • Large items are not accepted at recycling stations. You 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

Enviroservice events are held every two weeks from May to October. Thursday events are held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday events are held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Enviroservice events are your opportunity to drop off household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances for proper disposal or recycling. Items are not collected at curb side. Event days are listed in the These events are available to all calendar Strathcona County residents. The event takes place at Streambank Avenue Recycling Station, N Disposal of household 420 Streambank Avenue, Streambank hazardous materials Sherwood Park. Ave. Many paints, cleaners, automobile Please obey all signs. Items care products, solvents, pesticides, are accepted only during herbicides, stains and varnishes Petroleum Way Lakeland Dr. event hours; please do contain toxic or hazardous not drop items off early. 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 recycled 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, 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 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

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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 and August events are 9 also less busy.

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Christmas trees are 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. Check the calendar for your pickup date. 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.

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Electronics recycling With so many advances in electronic technology, 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: • • • • • • • • •

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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.

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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: • 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 – must be at least one metre (3 feet) apart • 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 www.strathcona.ca/utilities. Thank you for your patience, we will be working hard to stay on schedule!

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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.

Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities

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Rain barrel Get the most out of your rain barrel this season! Install it correctly • Find a downspout close to the plants you'll be watering the most. • Place the rain barrel next to the downspout on a smooth, level surface. • Cut and position the downspout to fit over the rain barrel screen opening. Clean the screen regularly to avoid clogging from leaves and dirt. • For stronger hose pressure, place cinder blocks or a rain barrel stand underneath the barrel. Put it to work! • Connect a soaker hose to the overflow spout and extend it around trees or rain gardens. This will help direct excess water away from your house (see page 24 for more information on soaker hoses). • Use the overflow spout to connect several barrels together for more water storage. • Remember if it has rained 2.5 cm (one inch) in the past week, you probably don't need to water.

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The County's annual composter and rain barrel pre-sale is on April 30. Watch our website and local paper for details.

National Volunteer Week is April 10-16. Visit our website and learn about eco-volunteering opportunities!

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Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities

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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 •

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Grasscycling is an alternative to raking and collecting grass and leaves. It 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 Station. • 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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Get soaked! Soaker hoses are made of porous, recycled rubber which allows water to "weep" into garden beds, shrubs and trees. This weeping action provides a slow, deep watering that allows roots to grow deeper into the soil making the plants more resilient to drought conditions. Save water. Soaker hoses use 70 per cent less water to water plants than typical garden sprinklers. They do this by sending water directly to plant roots rather than into the air. Roots need water, flower petals and leaves do not. Save time. Most flower beds and trees need around one hour of slow, deep watering around the roots. Connect the soaker hose and walk away! Using a hose timer makes watering even more simple! Water where it is needed. Keep moisture in the soil rather than on your sidewalk. Lay the soaker hose along flower beds and around trees (you can even zig-zag it around you lawn). Then connect it to your tap or rain barrel.

“The new soaker hose models work so much better than the old soaker hoses that would spray in the air. My new soaker hose is so convenient - I turn it on and walk away. The damp spots let me know where I watered and when to turn the tap off.” – Sherwood Park resident

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

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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.

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Enviroservice event See page 9 for details Additional organics cart collection for certain areas. (see map on page 3 for areas)

Large Item Pickup Maximum two items See page 7

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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 (crumpled newspaper, pizza boxes, etc.).

Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities

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Abandoned items on your property? SCRAP 'em! An increasing amount of abandoned items and metal materials are found on properties throughout Strathcona County. These abandoned products include: • vehicles • household appliances • pipe • oil drums • scrap metal • farm, yard and industrial equipment Many of these items contain liquids such as oil, gasoline, grease, antifreeze, hydraulic fluid and battery acid that will eventually leak from their reservoirs and containers. These contaminants may leach into the soil, and in many circumstances could find their way into the surrounding wetlands, lakes and groundwater. Visit www.strathcona.ca/SCRAP for a list of approved companies you can contact to remove or recycle abandoned products from private property. Note: These companies work throughout urban and rural Strathcona County. There may be a cost for removing item(s) depending on the type of item(s) and the market for recyclable materials. Please talk to the removal company about associated costs.

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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 temperature drops. 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 (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. 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 occurring in your neighbourhood, make sure to place your cart on your driveway and not on the road. See page 6 for placement information.

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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.

Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities

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.

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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. 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. Before heading to the store for decorations, check your backyard. Make a centrepiece out of pinecones, or hang evergreen tree boughs over entranceways. Use potted trees or plants for topiaries for festive decorating. Visit your favourite local garden centre to see if they offer Christmas design courses.

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Cardboard too big? Larger pieces of cardboard that can’t be cut or folded down to 30 cm x 1 m (1 ft x 3 ft) can be taken to a recycling station.

Questions? www.strathcona.ca/utilities

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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. Happy cleaning!

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By each of us making a small change, together we can make a BIG difference. Did you know? Printing and distributing this waste calendar is more environmental and economical than in previous years. By using a company that specializes in municipal waste calendars, we can take advantage of lower costs. Also because the company prints many calendars at the same time for a number of different municipalities, it saves on paper wastage from trimming and Environmental facts other print processes. per paper type

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)

Distributing the calendar through Unaddressed mail costs approximately three times less than addressed mail.

Outside coated paper Post-consumer-waste content

25%

Total recycled content

50%

Environmental certifications

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Inside uncoated paper Post-consumer-waste content

100%

Total recycled content

100%

New trees cut

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Environmental certifications

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Š Municipal Media Inc. www.custombuiltcalendars.com


2011 Waste collection calendar