Town to accept electronics at recycling centre
Okotoks: Facility moving to become an eco-centre
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 06:00 am
Okotoks residents can now take a few more items to the Town’s growing recycling centre.
The Town has started accepting e-waste and some electronics at the facility, another step in efforts to expand the work done at the recycling centre.
“It’s a plan to try to go away from it being just a recycling centre, to make it an eco-centre,” said Town spokesperson Melanie Heemeryck.
The materials will be stored at the centre and collected by Calgary-based Global Electric Electronics Recycling (GEEP), which will sort and process the materials.
The Town will accept a range of different electronic materials, including televisions, cell phones, batteries and computer equipment.
“We will be taking small and large TVs, computer screens, computer towers, printers, cables, keyboards and more,” said Heemeryck.
The centre will have two bins for electronics waste, with one for computers and one for other materials. For a full list, see the Town’s website at www.okotoks.ca.
Several home electronics will not be accepted. Microwaves will be accepted at the recycling centre, but larger appliances like stoves will need to be taken to the Foothills Regional Landfill. Other home electronics like hair dryers, vacuums or blenders won’t be accepted.
Heemeryck said the Town is looking to find other companies that will accept other home electronics like vacuums not collected by GEEP.
She said they want to eventually expand the types of materials accepted at the centre. The Town is working to come up with a plan to accept Styrofoam and to come up with an organics and food waste collection program in the next couple years.
“We’re trying to get more services for residents there,” said Heemeryck.
People like the move to accepting electronics and have a few ideas of their own for what else the Town can look at accepting at the recycling centre.
Okotokian Jessica Gabriel said it would be good to not have to take electronic items to the landfill to be recycled.
“Electronics is a good step,” she said.
Gabriel also suggested the Town look at collecting used automotive oil at the recycling centre.
She said the Town could expand its curbside program to include collection of green waste and organics.
She said the Town should also expand the curbside recycling program to make it available to every home in town and include the cost in property taxes, rather than continue it as a voluntary program.
“They’d have next to no garbage by the time we have recycle bins and organics bins,” she said.
MD of Foothills resident Alex Bertram said Styrofoam would be a good addition, but there are other things the Town could accept.
“I have old Styrofoam and light switches I was hoping they’d accept,” he said.
Bertram said the Town should also look at collecting bare wire and copper wire. He said there’s likely a lot around as people repair their homes after the flood and it could be a source of revenue.