EDMONTON – Greater than 30 per cent of Edmontonians currently don’t use Eco Stations and the bulk don’t compost but town hopes a latest promoting campaign will change that.

Town has released a request for proposals for promoting services for its waste management program.

“The promoting services are intended to extend awareness of specific waste services and to extend participation in various programs and sustainable waste practices,” the request reads.

The campaign will concentrate on waste reduction, recycling, reuse, Eco Stations and grass cycling.

Andrea Soler, a spokesperson for town’s utility program, said 93 per cent of Edmontonians recycle through curbside recycling, 64 per cent use Eco Stations not less than annually, 29 per cent compost at home and 58 per cent often leave grass clippings on the lawn.

The request said the target of the campaign is to extend residents’ awareness and usage of waste services in addition to increase participation rates in specific sustainable waste practices.

Soler said there will be impacts to not using waste management services properly. She added Christmas lights mistakenly placed within the blue bin could potentially jam equipment at recycling plants.

The budget for the brand new promoting services is about at $300,000 over two years.  The winning bid is predicted to be chosen mid-February.

Bids for promoting services are requested once every three to 5 years, Soler said.


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