Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Trash to treasure: Edmonton’s first Eco Station Reuse Area Opens


 The City of Edmonton celebrated the opening of its first Reuse Area, located at Ambleside Eco Station (14710 Ellerslie Road) on Friday, June 22. The Reuse Area gives residents the chance to reuse large items such as sofas, chairs and other household items brought to Eco Stations.
“There was so much energy on opening day that items were literally flying out the doors,” shared Eco Station Supervisor Tony Colangelo. “One person’s trash is really another person’s treasure and the Reuse Area is like a great big treasure chest as you’ll never know what you will find.”
“By continuing to use items that are in good condition, we’re all helping to keep waste out of landfill,” said Councillor Bryan Anderson. “The Reuse Area contributes to our leadership in waste management and supports The Way We Green, the City’s vision for an environmentally sustainable city.”
“The Eco Stations offer a convenient one-stop location for all types of household waste,” said Trent Tompkins, director of Collection Services with Waste Management Services. “Residents often bring a mix of material, and I’m very pleased that this initiative enables us to set aside those items that can be reused and really shouldn’t go to landfill.”
Since opening the Reuse Centre has seen lots of action. On Thursday, June 28 it was the location of MEAET 3.0, a microfunding projects organizing by volunteers of Edmonton's NextGen.
The two events each drew about 100 citizens to the new facility. Come visit the Ambleside Reuse Area for yourself!

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