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County awards 1.4M gravel tender The Edson and District

County's new gravel specs utilized Recycling Society –

at Wolf Lake and Elk River 25 years serving the Edson

by Dana McArthur the new gravel specifications we and Yellowhead County
have in place now?" Autio Communities
During the Yellowhead County responded, "Yes, it's the new
Council meeting held February 27, gravel spec. The new spec takes Edson residents boast landfill disposal rates (149 kilograms per capita) that
Wolf Lake and Elk River 'Supply away the finer filings so we have are nearly half of the provincial average (289 kilograms per capita).
and Place' gravel tenders were more course gravel." Meanwhile, 40% of Edson's waste is diverted from the landfill via recycling.
under discussion for approval. County implemented the new
"Tenders for the Wolf Lake and gravel spec across the region to
Elk River 'Supply and Place' was reduce the "greasiness" of road
closed on February 8, 2018," said surfaces in wet weather conditions
Roger Autio, Asst. Manager of by providing a harder base. It also
Engineering Services with the reduces dust problems due to less
County. "The tender requires the fine particles in the gravel.
supply and place of 72,000 tonnes In a unanimous vote council
of a modified crushed gravel awarded the contract to Associated
aggregate over the next two years Aggregates in the amount of
for the Wolf Lake and Elk River $1,425,360.00, allowing the
roads. The tender also requires the aggregate supply and roadway
supply and place of 6,000 tonnes graveling to proceed for the next
for spot graveling the area." two years. Since 1990, Edsonites have keenly sorted their recyclable waste and
There was two tenders received. Edson Northwest Grader Beat delivered it to the Edson Recycling Depot. This facility, the flagship initiative
One was from Associated The current contract for the of the Edson and District Recycling Society, has expanded beyond the
Aggregate Inc. for $1,425,360.00; supply and operation of a grader capacity of typical municipal recycling services and become the hub of waste
the other was submitted by Jones for the Edson Northwest Grader diversion programs in Edson and Yellowhead County. The Depot receives
Trucking and Backhoe Services Beat expires on April 15, 2018. recyclable waste from residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional
Ltd. for $1,615,800.00. Grader maintenance for this beat is sources, and provides responsible disposal options for electronic waste,
"The low bid contractor still required and Yellowhead used oil, and other hazardous materials. The Depot hosts the Toxic
[Associated Aggregate] has met all County sought tenders for this Roundup, Seniors' Recycling Day, Environment Week, and other programs
conditions of this tender and the work. Tenders closed on February that give Edsonites the opportunity to take environmental action in the
contractor has successfully 16. Council awarded the tender to community.
performed this type of work in the McPhee Construction Ltd. in the
past for Yellowhead County," amount of: First Year - $116.00 per
explained Autio. "Associated hour; Second Year - $119.00 per
Aggregates' pricing is lower than hour; Third Year - $122.00 per
the past four years." hour; Fourth Year - $125.00 per
Councillor Anthony Giezen hour; and Fifth Year - $128.00 per
asked, "Is this supply considering hour.

Also operated by the EDRS since 1997, the Take It or Leave It is the reuse
centre for Edson and area. Each month, on average, in a building powered
by 26 kilowatts of solar energy, 120 000 kilograms of previously unwanted
items find new users and avoid the landfill.

In 2015, the Edson Community Garden was opened by the EDRS in
response to growing demand for local food solidarity. The Garden includes
compost heaps, a rainwater collection system, and an interpretive centre
geared towards the engagement of youth in local permaculture.

Classrooms in Edson and Yellowhead County rely on the EDRS for
sustainability-related educational resources. The EDRS has embraced this
role and developed a state-of-the-art educational program, including landfill
tours, recycling demonstrations, and garden workshops. Since 2017, the
EDRS provides gamified classroom courses that are produced for the next
generation of environmental stewards.

Historically, the EDRS has collaborated with the Town of Edson and
Yellowhead County to implement the best waste collection methods
available, including a two-garbage-bag-per-household limit and a
commercial cardboard recycling program that lead other Albertan
municipalities to treat Edson as the gold-standard for waste reduction and
diversion practices.

In February of 2018, the EDRS was invited to present to Edson Town Council
regarding curbside recycling collection: would such a service benefit
Edsonites and continue our legacy of recycling prowess? To answer this
question, we observe the type and destination of recyclable waste collected
by the proposed service provider, and we measure the success (or failure) of
mixed-bag recycling collection in other Albertan municipalities. We present
these investigations and our conclusions in the following edition.
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