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Successful first year for Lethbridge curbside recycling

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Lethbridge residents have been embracing curbside recycling.

City Staff report an increase of nearly 120% more material gathered through curbside collection than at the three recycling depots over the first year of the program.

Waste & Recycling Manager Joel Sanchez told City Council this week he’s happy with how things have turned out. “After one year of the program, on average, we see 65% of residents putting out their blue carts for collection. That is a very good number. Usually programs which are mature, they see a number around 70%”.

Of the recyclables arriving at the City’s sorting facility almost half is cardboard, 30% is mixed paper, and 5% consists of various plastics. Sanchez says about 10% are considered “contaminated” and can’t be recycled.

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Council was told Monday (June 22) the program’s operating budget was well-balanced particularly given it was the first year of the program. Costs which include curbside collection and the operation of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) neared $5.47 million with revenues from MRF and the curbside collection fees totalling $5.48 million.

Now that curbside recycling for single family homes is fully implemented, the Waste and Recycling team is continuing to implement recycling for multi-family homes which is expected to be completed by December 2021.

Education will also be a focus in the next year helping residents recycle often and properly to decrease blue cart contamination and reduce the recyclables still ending up in the landfill.

(With files from City of Lethbridge)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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