The Eco Stations program received the Gold Excellence Award in the category of Special Waste from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). This is the first time the City of Edmonton has won this award.
“Eco Stations play a key role in Edmonton’s integrated waste management system as they enable residents to keep household hazardous waste and electronics out of the environment,” said Chris Ward, Branch Manager for Utility Services at the City of Edmonton. “This recognition is not only a testament to our environmentally sound waste management system but to the residents of Edmonton who use the services and participate in our programs.”
Eco Stations provide convenient drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste (such as paint, batteries and electronics) and for large items that are not appropriate for curbside collection. There are four Eco Stations strategically located in each quarter of the City. Since the inception of the program in 1995, more than 2.7 million customers have been served and 16 million litres of household hazardous waste have been diverted from landfill.
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. Programs must demonstrate commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs.