ATCO Donation Helps Innovative Stettler “Freecycle” Program
STETTLER, Alberta — (12 Nov, 2015) ATCO Electric today announced a donation to help Stettler implement an innovative new program which will recycle goods within the community and reduce the number useful household items being put in the landfill. The ATCO donation is helping to fund the Town’s new “Take It or Leave It” facility where area residents can drop-off gently used items they no longer need, which other residents can pick-up for free.
“ATCO is pleased to be involved in such a unique project, dedicated to helping residents keep unnecessary waste out of their landfill,” said Allan Gano, District Manager, ATCO Electric. “We admire the commitment of those who spearheaded this facility, which will have a measurable impact on the environment and positively impact people’s attitudes toward recycling.”
“This initiative keeps items in use longer and helps people who might not be able to afford an item, get it for free,” said Grace Fix, who led the initiative within the Stettler Waste Management Authority (SWMA). “It’s a key part of our community’s regional waste and recycling strategy, and also contributes to more affordable living for many of our residents.”
It is estimated that about 1,200 large furniture items are discarded annually into the Stettler landfill. SWMA believes up to one-quarter of these items could be re-used. SWMA serves nearly 12,000 residents within Stettler and the surrounding area.