Yorkton Council declared Waste Reduction Week in Yorkton at its regular meeting Sept. 17.
“Waste Reduction Week is held annually in October to build awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encouraging choice for more environmentally responsible products, and promote actions that dispose of wastes in an environmentally friendly manner,” explained JeanAnne Teliske Landfill Manager, at the meeting.
In 2018, Waste Reduction Week will be held October 15-21.
“To increase awareness and provide an opportunity for residents to properly dispose of household hazardous wastes free of charge, the Environmental Services Department will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection day on October 20,” said Teliske.
This event will take place at the Public Works Shop from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and will be conducted by GFL Environmental.
Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, is any waste from your home that you consider to be dangerous or of which you are unsure. It includes any leftover household product that is marked flammable, corrosive, explosive or poison. Common examples are lightbulbs, solvents, cleaners, propane cylinders, and batteries.
Fire Protective Services will also be on site collecting sharps waste and providing information on disposal locations within the City.
In addition, “As part of Waste Reduction Week, we will also be conducting school and business tours of Recyclability Enterprises and the City of Yorkton Sanitary Landfill. These tours will increase awareness of these facilities as well as increase the public’s knowledge of what happens to recyclables once they leave your home or business and the impacts of waste reduction at our landfill,” said Teliske.