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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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City of Lethbridge: Don’t throw Christmas wrap into blue bins

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With Christmas only a few days away, a note from the City of Lethbridge when it comes to recycling.

The holiday season is the second-busiest when it comes to waste collected by the city.

Raquel Burston with the Lethbridge’s Waste & Recycling Department says wrapping paper is actually problematic as it can’t be put into your blue bin.

“The reason for that is because it’s a mixed material. It might not seem like that, it might seem like it’s just paper,” says Burston. “A lot of time Christmas wrap has a shine, sparkles, and all sorts of things. It might look like paper, but it really isn’t so it can’t be recycled.”

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Burston recommends people use fabrics or reusable bags to wrap presents, instead of flashy and coloured paper, noting that will help reduce waste at this time of year.

In Lethbridge, the only options for those who use Christmas wrap are to save it and find a creative reuse or to simply put it in the garbage, however disposing of it in the trash doesn’t help in cutting down on waste.

In Calgary, that city allows recycling of Christmas wrapping paper, however Lethbridge’s system doesn’t allow for that.

Spring cleaning season is actually the heaviest for waste collection for the city throughout the year.

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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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