Friday, June 4, 2010


Next weekend on Saturday June 12, 2010 we have the Edmonton Waste Management Centre’s Open House from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 13311 Meridian Street.
Try to come and see all the changes: there will be tours, displays, interactive children’s stations, and a chance to buy a bag of compost for $5.00. Tell everyone you know!

It should be FUN! We still have some spaces for volunteers to help out as well for one or two shifts: either 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in fact WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Compost and Worm Bin Building Activity (4 volunteers each shift)
--Educate families about benefits of composting and share your love of waste
reduction by building a worm bin or making a compost tea bag. Be the
Compost Gourmet Chef.

Tour Ticket Booth and Shuttle Bus Stop Attendant (2 for each shift)

-Cheerful, organized person to hand out tickets in an orderly fashion at the tour bus loading and shuttle bus arrival area.

-Tour bus tickets are first come, first served. Tickets have a time stamp and are given out until tours are full. Tours begin in auditorium where tour guide checks tickets and maintains schedule.

-Inform staff as to how many tours are full. Assist Tour Guide with keeping bus line-ups orderly, and call Volunteer Emergency # 496-4741 if needed.

Volunteer Programs Booster (2 per shift)
Help Staff this display about our two programs and your experiences as a volunteer. Volunteers with over 40 hours and those who have worked in both programs are most desirable.

Greeters (3 per shift)
Welcome people as they come in the door. Have to learn what is going on around the site, and be able to answer questions and direct people to desired locations.

Eco Station Booster (1 for each shift)
Talk to people about the 3 Eco Stations: should know where they are, how to get there, what they accept.

Floater (1 for each shift)
Staff volunteer lounge, and back up all other volunteers

Garbageman Helper (1 for each shift)
Help Collections Staff play the garbageman game focusing on safety as well as talk about Assisted Living program

Michael Recycle and his Attendant (2 for each shift)
Be the Waste Management Branch Mascot (15 minutes a time) or his companion on a short walkabout. Michael is very active and fun-loving. Bring an extra t-shirt to wear when in costume. Being tall and fit is an asset for this position.

Photographer (5 for each shift)
Capture special moments of volunteers and staff: crowd shots, tour shots, candid shots all wanted

Raffle Ticket Seller (2 per shift)
Help sell tickets for some themed 3R Door Prizes. Show off what is up for grabs….

Recycling and Multi-FamilySpecialist (2 per shift)
Help staff the recycling display, play blue bag games, teach proper use of recycle systems and stress the importance of proper waste handling and worker safety


DRIVING: from the south side of the river, head north on Meridian Street (Hwy 14 or Anthony Henday east) to 131 Avenue, turn right.
Do NOT Park along the main road from the gate to the scales - keep this clear for tour busses to bypass lineups and stay on schedule. Follow directions/signs from parking attendants

Drive through the scalehouse, let the attendant know you are there to work the event. Take the first right and park at the Operations Building - a shuttle will transfer everyone to the event site.CHECK IN at Volunteer Lounge, behind the reception desk in the Administration Building, and you will be directed to your station (Map in Volunteer Area. Note: Plan to be a little early due to the TRAINS - there are railway tracks crossing the route just north of the Yellowhead and you may have to wait 10 to 30 minutes for trains. This may lead to delays throughout the day, so be ready for quiet times followed by a large group arriving.

LUNCH is provided after the morning shift (stick around!) and prior to the afternoon shift (so arrive around 12). Coffee, tea, juice, and snacks provided throughout the day. Bring your water bottle, travel mug, and name tag. Food is on-side concession style, so if you have dietary requirements please bring some food along as we cannot confirm ingredients.

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER - even if you will be working inside.


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