Lethbridge: While city hall is seeking approval for a massive landfill expansion it says it hopes never to use, some city councilors are questioning the wisdom of such a large investment in outdated technology.
“It’s a ridiculous answer,” said alderman Bridget Mearns, after the city’s waste and recycling manager leaked Monday that some 70 to 80 per cent of waste sitting in landfill is recyclable material.
She said the situation has set her thinking anew about building more convenient recycling practices, like curbside recycling. Newest alderman Jeff Coffman agrees.
“The existing program is a start, but we’ve advanced as a city and I think our recognition of our environmental commitment is such that a program like curbside recycling is perhaps a next step,” said Coffman.
Homeowners are charged $3.50 each month to pay off the debt owing for the $12 million chunk of land that houses Lethbridge’s current landfill and the surrounding quarters slated for the proposed expansion. City staff say they’ll need to build a landfill that’s more than double the size of the current dump to take in the next 50 years of Lethbridge garbage – at the rate it now comes in. The city sends about 150,000 tonnes of garbage to landfill annually, at a per capita rate that's about double the disp