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Town of Eckville to stop electronic, paint recycling

Council voted at the Sept. 9 meeting to terminate the electronic and paint recycling depots

The Town of Eckville is terminating operation of the electronics and paint recycling depots.

Council voted to end the two programs at the regular meeting on Sept. 9.

Electronics and paint will stop being collected at the Town Shop Yard as soon as proper arrangements can be made with the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.

Once the termination is finalized it will be made known to residents via signs, newsletters and social media.

CAO Jack Ramsden stated in the two Request to Council For Decision items that the depots are “messy and unsightly.”

Residents have been dumping their electronics in front of the closed gate or in front of the shop, leaving them to be dealt with by staff.

The Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission now accepts recycled electronics at the Eckville Transfer Station, which makes the Town’s depot unnecessary as it is available elsewhere.

The Eckville Transfer Station is open three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Paint Recycling Collection Depot is also seeing an unsupervised drop off issue.

This has resulted in non-recyclable hazardous chemicals and products, aside from paint, being dropped off for Town staff to deal with.

Alternatives, such as a one day round up in the spring, are being investigated for paint recycling.

According to the Council package, smaller municipalities like Eckville do not operate paint recycling depots, but there are some in the surrounding area.

Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House have paint recycling collection depots for Eckville residents to take their paint to.

At the Sept. 9 meeting Council also voted to extend the deadline for recreational vehicle parking past Sept. 15.

A recreational vehicle can now be parked on the street in front of the registered owner’s residence until the end of the day on Oct. 15.

Moreover, the walking trail expansion will be completed this month and a grand opening will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8.

That Tuesday, Oct. 8, will also feature an open house for the Main Street upgrades.

Council will be hosting the open house at the Town Office from 5 to 7p.m. on Oct. 8.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Sept. 30.

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