Household waste or garbage is growing at a phenomenal rate each year.
It's a major concern for the consumer who creates the waste; municipal and health authorities who have to dispose and control the waste; and the person who wants to protect the environment from pollution.
With encouragement and capital funding from Alberta Environment (http://environment.alberta.ca), the Lethbridge Regional Waste Management Services Commission administers the planning, construction and operations of the Regional Waste Management System. This authority is composed of representatives from Lethbridge County, the Town of Picture Butte and the Town of Nobleford.
In designing a waste management system, the commission has considered the particular requirements and needs of residents in the areas represented and each of these has been considered in the design of the system.
Need for a Regional Waste Management
- Elimination of garbage dumps, over the edge coulee type of dumping and the problems that are created by these systems
- The controlled collection of household waste at area transfer stations which is then moved to a central regional landfill
- Controlled storage of pesticide containers, metal (not car bodies), tires, rubble and dry fill
- Control of blowing litter and indiscriminate dumping in ditches and road sides
- Control of burning at sites
- Improved handling and control of waste material
- Promote recycling and composting
- E-waste and household toxic waste all year round