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Extra waste tags are available for free over the holiday season

December 14, 2016 10:28 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

To help residents adjust to the three unit limit for household waste The City of Red Deer is offering residents four free extra waste tags over the holiday season. 

“We know holiday celebrations can create more household waste than usual,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent. “I would like to remind residents of the many simple things they can do to reduce the amount of waste they generate during the holidays, like using reusable gift bags and ensuring that numbered plastics are recycled in the blue boxes. And, as an extra bit of help for those residents who still find themselves over the waste limit, we’re offering the free extra waste tags.”

If households, despite their best efforts to recycle, still have more than three bags or cans of garbage a week over the holiday season, they can simply attach an extra waste tag to the extra bag, and it will be picked up along with their regular weekly garbage collection.

Extra waste tags are available free of charge at City Hall, Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe CentreMichener Aquatic Centre and the Recreation Centre until January 15, 2017.

Those who miss the January 15 deadline to pick up their free extra waste tags will still have the option of purchasing them for $1 per tag at City recreation facilities and City Hall.

Residents are reminded of the three unit limit for garbage. In early 2016, the allowable weekly limit of garbage per household was reduced from five to three units. A unit is defined as a garbage bag or can with a 100-litre capacity.

The unit limit is part of the Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP), which aims to bring Red Deer’s per capita disposal rate down to 500 kg per capita per year. To achieve this goal The City has expanded the recycling program to accept plastics #1 through #7 in the blue box, and is piloting an organics diversion project with the Green Cart program.

“With expanded recycling options residents can recycle more than ever this holiday season and we hope to see those blue boxes filled to the brim,” said Whitesell. 

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For more information, please contact:

Janet Whitesell
Waste Management Superintendent
The City of Red Deer
403-340-BLUE (2583)

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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