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LETHBRIDGE: They may have missed the deadline to get it in the next budget, but local aldermen aren't ready to kick new recycling options to the curb quite yet. Representatives on the city's environment committee say they've been working on new solutions for a curbside recycling program since the issue came to them about four months ago.

"I'm really excited and hopeful that this conversation is moving forward," Ald. Bridget Mearns told Country 95 News. "I think in the past it was never really thoroughly investigated in the past. It was always considered it was cost prohibitive. But I think there are new and exciting ways to do this and I'm hoping Lethbridge is ready for it."

The city's bursting recycling facility and feedback from the public moved council to look into the need for new recycling options last May. They referred the issue to the environment committee, which asked city staff for a presentation on what curbside recycling could look like. Meanwhile, Mearns toured the city's current recycling centre and came up with some ideas on how it could work. The option she's most enthused about is the convenience. She says the city has the infrastructure to sort the recycling at the centre, so residents wouldn't have to do it themselves.

"It's absolutely user-friendly. You wouldn't even have to think about it - it's either garbage or it's recycling," she said. "And we already have the systems in place to come pick up those items at the curbside." Staff scheduled the recycling presentation for October 10 - too late to get the program on the agenda for the upcoming round of budget talks. But Mearns says she's "optimistic" a new recycling program could be launched in coming years.

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 4/19/2014 9:55:56 AM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News
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