Managing waste together: talking out the trash

Image of a street with carts and recycling bags set out for collection.

Register for a September/October focus group session.

Strathcona County is reviewing its community waste management strategy.

Resident input will inform a high-level roadmap that will identify our community’s philosophy, priorities and approach to Strathcona County’s waste management system.   

Waste management is a shared responsibility. That’s why community input is important on how to reduce the amount of waste we generate, ways to improve our waste management and how to balance the needs of the community with supporting long-term environmental and financial sustainability goals.

It’s time to take the focus off recycling. If we reduce the amount of waste produced, we conserve resources and limit the need to reuse or recycle. The three Rs outline a priority approach: Reduce and Reuse before you Recycle. We need to look for alternatives that will promote waste reduction and help to protect our environment.

Image showing that only 28% of what's in the black cart is actually waste. The rest can be diverted from the landfill.

This first phase of public engagement focuses on the residential sector, and a following phase will address the needs and opportunities in the business and commercial sectors.  

We all have a role in keeping waste out of the landfill. Let’s manage waste together.

Public engagement

This phase of public engagement is focused on the residential sector, and a following phase will address the needs and opportunities in the business and commercial sectors.

A phase one report will be shared with Council in early 2021.

Online focused discussion groups – September / October 2020

Online focus groups will explore several topics identified during June 2020 engagement: what kinds of targets should be set for Strathcona County’s waste management program; impacts of community waste strategies; and possibilities for a pay as you throw waste management model, similar to the consumption-based models used with gas, electricity and water utilities.

Please select a session that best represents your household. Should the times not be suitable and you would still like to participate, please contact us.

Urban households
(Sherwood Park, Antler Lake, Ardrossan, Collingwood Cove, Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, and North and South Cooking Lakes)

Tuesday, September 29  -  10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Wednesday, September 30  -  6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 6  -  6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Rural households with County waste services (Green Routine)

Thursday, October 1  -  10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Wednesday, October 7  -  6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Rural households without County waste services

Monday, October 5  -  6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Note: As part of Strathcona County’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, focus groups will be held online. In order to participate, you must access using a computer or mobile device that has at minimum audio and microphone capabilities, with video also preferred but not mandatory.

Past engagement

A review of Strathcona County’s community waste management strategy kicked off in June 2020 with a survey and online discussion panels. Over 2,000 residents participated, and over 300 signed up to be notified about focus group opportunities.

Residents were invited to share their thoughts on how to reduce the amount of waste produced and the amount being sent to landfill.  

An engagement summary will be posted here in fall 2020.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and our first online discussion boards.

Last updated: Thursday, September 17, 2020
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