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Get ready for the Reuse and Recycle Fair

Spring is in the air and so is spring cleaning! As folks tackle annual decluttering jobs, there are always items that can be passed along, reused or recycled. If you’ve been cleaning closets, now is the time to gather your goodies, as the Town and MD of Pincher Creek team up to bring back the Reuse and Recycle Fair.

The event runs Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the MD administration building parking lot and eco centre.

The fair provides an opportunity to hand over unwanted household items for possible reuse or for proper disposal. 

“If you’re cleaning out your basement or garage and have unwanted items, rather than disposing of these items at the landfill, bring them to the fair to be recycled,” says Rhonda Oczkowski, recreation programmer for the town.

“Someone else might see your discarded items as a treasure.”

Town and MD staff will act as volunteers to help residents properly dispose of their items and potentially walk away with a hidden gem.

 

 

 

This is the first time the MD is part of the event, which in the past was predominantly looked after by town staff.

“We’re super pleased that the MD will be partnering with us in order to host this,” says Rhonda.

“In the past, we’ve had the fair at the Pincher Creek Co-op parking lot,” she adds. “But this year, we’re moving it to the MD parking lot because they’re straight across from the eco centre, so you can do everything at once.” 

Town and MD staff will be joined by DBS Environmental, an Alberta-based company that provides waste-management solutions. DBS will assist locals with household hazardous waste, which may otherwise be difficult to dispose of properly. 

This provides an opportunity to get rid of hazardous items such as paints, batteries, sprays, cleaners and much more.

The Pincher Planters will also be at the fair doing a plant exchange. If you’re looking to pick up a new plant or drop one off, this is a great chance to do so.

 

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The Lions club is expected to have representatives on-site with a drop-off station where they will accept glasses, cellphones and hearing aids.

This year marks the fair’s long-awaited return after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

According to Rhonda, the town received multiple calls from residents interested in bringing the fair back, so it seemed like a no-brainer for the town and MD.

Rhonda also noted that the fair provides an environmentally responsible way to manage disposal rather than having things end up in the landfill.

Items left at the end of the day will be disposed of in an appropriate manner.

Folks are asked to not show up before the 10 a.m. start time, to ensure that volunteers can properly set up to run the event safely and smoothly. 

Residents are expected to use their better judgement to differentiate what can be reused and what is hazardous waste.

 

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The following is a list of household hazardous waste commonly taken to waste collection sites that can be brought to the Reuse and Recycle Fair for safe disposal:

—Abrasive Cleaners

—Acetone

—Aerosol paints and sprays 

—Air freshener (aerosol)

—All-purpose cleaners (solvent-
ased)

—Ammonia

—Ant/wasp spray

—Antifreeze

—Autobody filler

—Barbecue starters

—Bleach

—Brake and transmission fluid

—Butane refills

—Carbon tetrachloride

 

 

—Car (lead-acid) batteries

—Car waxes and polishes
solvent and water based)

—Contract cement

—Degreasers (petroleum based)

—Disinfectants

—Drain cleaners

—Fabric softeners

—Floor wax strippers

—Hair sprays (aerosol)

—Insecticides

—Kerosene

—Laundry starch

—Laundry stain removers

—Lighter fluid

—Liquid cleaners

—Lye

—Mildew removers

—Muriatic acid

—Nail polish and remover

—Oven cleaners

 

 

—Paint thinners and strippers

—Paints (oil and water based)

—Photographic chemicals

—Propane gas cylinder
recyclable)

—Rubbing alcohol

—Septic tank degreaser

—Shoe polish

—Silver and brass polish

—Solvents, turpentine, varnish,
acquers

—Spot remover

—Spa and pool chemicals

—Toilet cleaner

—Tub and tile cleaners

—Used oil (where recycling is not
vailable)

—Weed killers

—Windshield washer solution
ontaining methyl alcohol

—Wood preservative

Weston Whitfield loads recycling into truck

Pincher Creek recycling services set to change June 30

https://shootinthebreeze.ca/crowsnest-pass-council-approves-business-licence-payment-plan/Most of us are familiar with the three Rs associated with limiting our waste: reduce, reuse and recycle.

As it turns out, there’s a fourth R: renew the recycling licence.

During the Feb. 22 regular council meeting for the Town of Pincher Creek, Coun. Scott Korbett formally announced the town would not be renewing its recycling contract with KJ Cameron Service Industries. Come June 30, only empty beverage containers will be accepted at the bottle depot.

“The Town of Pincher Creek intends to continue to offer a recycling program,” the town’s official statement reads. “We are currently working with our regional partners to have a smooth transition to a new program by the end of June.”

While understanding the town is obligated to make economic decisions when it comes to contracts, Weston Whitfield, owner and manager of KJ Cameron, worries consolidating services on a regional basis might result in an inefficient service to taxpayers.

 

The process of gathering, transporting, then re-sorting material, Mr. Whitfield adds, might decrease the price recycling facilities are willing to pay.

“My concern is in the past, places that have done collaborations like that end up with a little bit of contamination and it can affect the resale of the product,” he says.

Although no official details have been released, the plan for future recycling appears to involve the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association.

Discussion recorded in the minutes of the Jan. 20, 2021, regular meeting of the landfill association includes “Recycling Update” as an agenda item.

The minutes describe proposals being sent to each of the municipalities and note that, despite no reply being received, each of the municipal representatives — Coun. Dean Ward from Crowsnest Pass, Coun. Brian McGillivray from Pincher Creek and Reeve Brian Hammond from the MD of Pincher Creek — indicated their respective councils are still considering or interested in the landfill’s recycling proposal.

 

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Recycling was also a topic during last week’s council meetings for both the MD of Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass.

During the MD of Pincher Creek’s Feb. 23 council meeting, chief administrative officer Troy MacCulloch updated council on plans to move collection bins from outside the MD office to a site off Bighorn Avenue and Highway 507, near the Co-op lumberyard.

The site will cover recycling needs for residents from both the MD and town.

“This will be a site that the MD will build,” said CAO MacCulloch. “We will cost-share it with the town, and then going forward it would be operated and manned by the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill.”

Plans for the new recycling site are still tentative as the MD is working with the current landowner to develop a lease that would permit the property to be used as a transfer station for garbage and recyclables.

 

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The garbage bins by the MD office, he added, could also be removed. This will allow for further development and easier access of the standpipe, which will remain at the location.

Meetings with Pincher Creek administration have discussed the possibility of the MD taking over the composting facility, which would be included on the site.

Crowsnest Pass council also voted Feb. 23 to direct administration to find a location for their own recycling bin.

Ease of access, along with being sheltered from the weather and from travellers’ field of vision, were identified as main priorities.

Administration was asked to present a location at the March 16 council meeting with hopes that users could begin dropping off recycling by the end of the month.

The goal is to eventually have three sites in the municipality to gather recycling. Beginning with one, said CAO Patrick Thomas, was a good place to “at least start and see what the challenges are,” especially to “see how [building] the fencing and screening goes.”

The Town of Pincher Creek’s full official statement regarding the recycling licence can be found online at http://bit.ly/PC-Recycle. More information on Pincher Creek Bottle Depot and Recycling can be found at www.facebook.com/pcbottledepot.