Recycling in Whitecourt a Hot Topic at Town Council

Recycling was again a big discussion for Whitecourt council members this week at their town council meeting.

The Town of Whitecourt has extended its recycling program with their waste management company until 2021, to coincide with the waste collection contract also expiring in 2021. This will give Administration time to explore the idea of having one collection contract for both waste and recycling in the future, and find other options in helping to reduce waste and increase recycling.

While the Town approved the extension of its recycling program, Council noted they have seen a reduction in recycling by town residents.

While residents are allowed an unlimited amount of recycling, most recyclables are still put as waste in the garbage bins and taken to the landfill, decreasing the diversion rate.

Mayor Maryann Chichak says when the Town had a two bag garbage limit, residents would put more recycling bags out. Since going to the automated collection program with the garbage bins, she says more waste, including recyclable items, now goes in the bins and gets transported to the landfill.

Chichak on the reduction to recycling from residents and the next steps Council will focus on.

Chichak says she would like to see more of an effort by residents to recycle, as opposed to sending items to the landfill.

Council will look at new initiatives and Chichak said ideas, like composting or public awareness campaigns and educating youth, are all things that could be explored going forward.


Whitecourt Wolverines and Whitecourt Agree to New Arena Extension

Some exciting news was announced on Friday between the Town of Whitecourt and their Junior A hockey team, the Whitecourt Wolverines.

The two will be partnering to build a 3000 square foot extension to the Scott Safety Centre, which will include a dressing room for exclusive use by the Wolverines, a reception area, offices, washrooms and showers, and a laundry room.

Mayor Maryann Chichak on the announcement.

Owner of the Whitecourt Wolverines, Brent Stark, says the new upgrades to the arena will help to attract future players to town.

Now that the agreement is signed, a Request for Proposals will be sent out for a design-build that will then be discussed with the team before construction starts.

The add-on will be at the front of the building to the left of the doors near the dressing rooms.

The extension, which is budgeted at $650,000, is expected to be completed for the start of the 2019 hockey season next September.


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