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2020 Free Clean Up Week successful, Council considering options for 2021

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September 18, 2020 at 10:45 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

The Town of Whitecourt will be exploring their options for the Spring Clean Up Campaign next year.

This week, Town Council heard an update on this year’s Free Clean Up Week, which was held in August, and say it was a success.

Due to COVID-19, the annual Residential Spring Clean Up Campaign was cancelled. To make up for that, during the last week of August, residents were allowed to take waste to the Whitecourt Regional Landfill free of charge for 5 days.

649 residents (130 per day) took advantage of the initiative and almost 138,000 kg of waste was disposed of at the landfill.

The Town says 4 to 30 yard bins were provided to dispose of waste and these bins were dumped 17 times.

Items disposed of included:
– Refuse (73,405 kg)
– Metal (45,000 kg)
– Wood (13,500 kg)
– Tires (148 = 2,960 kg)
– Propane tanks (102 =816 kg)
– Batteries (23 = 414 kg)
– Electronic items, weighing a total of 1,870 kg that includes televisions, printers, computer towers, laptops, pressure washers, battery chargers, drills, miter saws, receivers, vacuum, DVD players, speakers, microwaves, and fans.

Administration noted that this initiative was more cost-effective for the Town than the Residential Spring Clean Up Campaign, costing Whitecourt $19,737.74 compared to the 2019 spring campaign, which totaled $61,526.02.

For next year, council will look at both options and consider doing either again or possibly a combination of both.

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