The numbers are in and this year’s spring cleanup campaign in Whitecourt was a successful one.
This week, Town Council reviewed the final report and was pleased with the efficiency of this year’s campaign, in large part thanks to the new “Take It Or Leave It” component.
Mayor Maryann Chichak says the number of recyclable materials picked up by residents increased, as did the number of households putting out waste.
Crews picked up items from a total of 1,146 residents, which is 33.90 percent of households. 468 of those residences were up the hill, and the remaining 678 were from the valley area. Pickup from mobile home residences increased, as 44.30 percent of those residents disposed of large items during the cleanup campaign.
Chichak says the costs did increase for the town a bit more this year, totaling $61,526.02. The extra funds were due to the use of a landfill tandem truck and a rental dump truck. Council felt the costs were appropriate, however, as the efficiency and quick pickup times helped the campaign run smoother than previously.