Irricana hosts spring large garbage pickup
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 06:00 am
Irricana’s large garbage pickup program is expanding what residents can put out for its spring run starting April 24.
Following public recommendations from the first large garbage pickup last fall, the Town of Irricana has opted for an additional pickup pile for recycling tires, according to Chief Administrative Officer Fabian Joseph.
“Tires were a major issue,” he said. “They must be rimless or else the company will just leave them there.”
Residents must divide waste into seven different piles for large recyclables, lawnmowers with empty gas tanks, fridges with all items removed, metal, electronics, furniture and rimless tires, he said.
Piles must be out by 7 a.m. and placed either in the back alley or front curb depending on the household’s garbage and recycling pickup.
“(The piles) go wherever their regular pickup is,” Joseph said.
With trucks flowing into the community to pick up each pile, he said the large garbage pickup would run for two days and potentially a third if needed.
When some residents didn’t have their garbage picked up the first day of the fall event, they were concerned they had been missed. Joseph said the community might look unsightly for a day or two as the trucks work through the pickup system and he advises residents to be patient.
“Ultimately, it’s clearing up a lot of the garbage in the town that’s been collecting for some time,” Joseph said.
Coun. Mavis Hallman said the large garbage pickup has been a cost effective solution that allows every member of the community to be involved. She said not everyone was physically able to haul garbage to the Rocky View County transfer site when it was available to residents.
“This way, it’s just hauled out to the curb and it’s looked after,” Hallman said.
The two items the large garbage pickup is unable to accommodate are hazardous waste such as paints and oils and construction materials such as bathtubs, drywall and painted wood.
In the summer, however, the town is looking to operate a smaller pickup that deals specifically with these items, she said.
“It is picked up by a different company and has to be disposed of in a different way,” Hallman said. “We’re working on that.”
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