The Leduc Eco Station added several new services over the summer in an effort to increase environmental sustainability in the community.
The Eco station is now offering a glass recycling pilot program, taking tires, propane tanks, cooking oil and fluorescent bulbs and tubes. They’re also giving away mulch as part of their new services.
Mayor Bob Young said there will be more new services in the coming weeks.
“We’re going to start taking clothing and textiles in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. There’s also going to be a book swap and media exchange in partnership with the Leduc Public Library.”
The Canadian Mental Health Association will be using the textiles for their charity program.
Kerra Chomlak, environmental sustainability coordinator for the City of Leduc, said the additions were made possible because of the recent expansion of the eco station that took place over the last two years.
“That construction enabled us to create a larger stake and streamline a few things.”
She added they tried to fit the new services into the existing budget.
“We just looked for opportunities to take on programs where the recycler will collect for free because they can make use of the product – for example the tires and the oil. There might be a little bit of cost hauling glass to Airdrie but it’s only going to be once or twice a year that we have to do that.”
Young added that the city is saving money by keeping recyclables out of the landfill.
“Instead of having to bury it, this means it’s getting reused again,” Young said.
“The longer we can go without filling up our landfill the better that is for us too. When our landfill is finally unable to take anymore waste, it’s going to be big bucks to take care of the waste at that time.”
Along with the new services the new RV Sani-station has been opened for resident use, with the addition of two spots.
A full list of services the Leduc Eco Station offers, along with hours, can be found at www.leduc.ca/ecostation.