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Council discusses curbside recycling and compost pickup

Town of Edson moving to curbside garbage pickup program May 1

by Adrienne Tait Town Council previously requested clarity on
the pricing and heard concerns regarding the
Mark Pederson, owner and president of Can possible issues a curbside program may have in
Pak Environmental, attended the Edson Town getting product to market and ensuring that the
Council meeting on February 6 to provide recycling does not end up in the land fill.
information and answer any questions Council When asked how the company can provide
may have regarding the possibility of providing curbside recycling for the price quoted, Pederson
curbside recycling along with compost and waste said it is a different business model than his
pick up for town residents. competitors. “All of our operating sites are for
Can Pak is a family owned company that began Can Pak only. You will not see a Waste
in Ontario. Pederson is the third generation to Management or GFL truck,” said Pederson, “The
run the company with the fourth generation, his rate is locked in.”
sons, at 19 years old and taking environmental The quote includes an unlimited number of
sciences, willing to continue. The company bags of recycling material per household. “We
moved to Alberta 10 years ago. “We have a long are not doing this any cheaper here than any
history and strong knowledge of waste transfer other town,” said Perderson, who encouraged
stations. This is not a new venture,” said council to contact Drayton Valley for a reference
Pederson. and inquire about the price they pay which he
Can Pak currently services several communities believed would be “within pennies.” photo Adrienne Tait
including Drayton Valley and has operating yards Edson's Curbside recycling would be taken to Owner and president of Can Pak Environmental,
and facilities in Red Deer, Nisku, and Olds. Can Can Pak facilities, sorted, and marketed. Mark Pederson, attended the Town council
Pak have a contract with Olds college for the Pederson said the company has been working meeting on February 6 to provide information and
compost. They have also recently secured a 10 together for 30 years with its primary marketing answer any questions regarding the possibility of
year contract with a 10 year renewal option with brokerage. “The guy we deal with was the providing curbside recycling for Town residents.
the city of Medicine Hat. largest commodity brokerage in North America,”
Council awarded Can Pak the contract for said Pederson. With access to other markets, the BILL MITCHELL
curbside compost and waste management pick impact of China implementing stricter guidelines NEW TRUCK SALES
up, scheduled to begin May 1, and is for mixed paper has not had the same effect on NORTH Jim Eglinski
contemplating including curbside recycling. Can Pak as some other companies.
There are challenges with curbside recycling,
however, including a preference not to accept Western Star Trucks (North) Ltd. MP Yellowhead
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will accept glass but, “glass gets broken in the Acheson, AB T7X 5A1
trucks” and the film plastic is almost impossible
to get totally clean and therefore cannot be
Starting May 1, the Town of Edson is moving
to a curbside garbage pickup program. There will Toll Free 1-800-252-7500
be a schedule set up for both garbage collection, Phone: 780-702-4185 Cell: 780-984-2224
as well as organics collection.
Town Council will make a decision on curbside
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