Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department Signs on to Participate in Collection Program
EDMONTON, November 20, 2003 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, recognized Edmonton, the “City of Champions”, today for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery recycling. Guy Lafleur, the national program supporter for RBRC, joined Mayor Bill Smith and representatives of Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department at a celebratory gathering at Edmonton City Hall.
“Edmonton is the leading composting and recycling community in North America, and we are proud to be involved in the RBRC program,” said City of Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith.
“It should be everyone’s goal to be an environmental champion, “said Guy Lafleur. “And recycling used rechargeable batteries is an easy way to score one for the environment.”
The City of Edmonton was amongst the first communities in Canada to sign up for the RBRC Community Recycling program. Since February 2002, the City of Edmonton has collected 1540 kgs of rechargeable batteries at its two Eco Stations.
The program’s momentum continues to build in Edmonton with today’s event welcoming the newest member of the RRBC/Edmonton recycling team, Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department.
“I am glad to see that the Emergency Response Department has joined our team,” said Guy Lafleur. “After all, when it comes to the environment, we’re all on the same side.”
About Edmonton’s Recycling Programs
- The City of Edmonton operates two Eco Stations for year-round collection of household hazardous waste. Rechargeable batteries are amongst the many products that are accepted for recycling at the Eco Stations.
- Since joining the RBRC program, the Eco Stations have collected 1540 kgs of rechargeable batteries from city residents.
- Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department will begin collecting all rechargeable batteries used in its own operations (used in cell phones and portable batteries), as part of the RBRC program
- In 2002, Edmonton residents made 75,182 visits to the Eco Stations.
- Edmonton has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in North America, including a Blue Bag program for single family homes, Blue Bin recycling for apartments, and 20 depots.
- Through recycling and composting, the City of Edmonton diverts close to
- 60 per cent of household waste from landfill, the highest diversion rate of
- any major city in Canada.