News & Announcements
A Regular Council Meeting will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 and will include:
Johanna Kunz, Success By 6 & Children First in attendance re: National Child Day Proclamation.
Melanie Turcotte, Sustainability Clerk and Delegation in attendance re: Idle-Less Week Proclamation and “Shop Local” Campaign.
Letter from Karen Mason-Bennett, Executive Director, Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) (October 22, 2018) re: Energy Explorers Energy Literacy Conference Funding Request.
Letter from W.F. Sandberg, Resident of Dawson Creek (November 8, 2018) re: Request for City Signs on the Street Prior to Grading on 108th Avenue.
November 7, 2018
Recycle It Right: The City of Dawson Creek is looking to residents to reduce contamination of curbside recycling
DAWSON CREEK, BC – The City of Dawson Creek, together with Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT), will be conducting curbside recycle cart audits beginning next week (week of November 12) to help residents Recycle it Right by educating people about proper sorting.
Overall City of Dawson Creek residents have been doing a great job of recycling since the curbside collection program started in September. However recently there’s been an increase in contamination – the wrong materials being placed in the blue-lidded recycling cart. In some instances, this has included cat litter, diapers, construction waste and household garbage.
Recycling carts contents are delivered to DC Recycling where they are sorted and baled for resale. Garbage, food waste and other contaminants in your recycling cart can turn your recycling into garbage. It also reduces the resale value of the recyclable materials, increases the cost to process it and can pose unsafe working conditions.
NEAT representatives will check curbside carts for possible contaminants and leave information for residents on correct sorting and acceptable materials where needed. If the recycling cart is highly contaminated the entire cart will be left behind and the resident will be asked to re-sort their waste.
Your recycling cart contents are trucked to DC Recycling where local workers pull out contaminated material – like garbage and food waste – by hand. Recently, we’ve been finding large amounts of contaminants. Plastic bags are a culprit as the filmy plastic can get tangled in conveyor belts and machinery. A bigger problem, however, is material such as diapers, cat litter, and, in one case last recycling collection week, a large number of loose screws that caused considerable havoc with sorting machinery.
Residents are reminded that garbage goes in the garbage cart. If you have excess garbage you have options including saving extra garbage for the next collection week, getting an additional garbage cart, or taking garbage to the transfer station.
HOW TO RECYCLE IT RIGHT
You have a number of ways to find out what goes where:
- Use the handy printed guide (also available as a downloadable PDF online) http://www.dawsoncreek.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/curbside-garbage-and-recycling/CODC-curbside-guide-web-PDF.pdf
- Check out the Waste Wizard at dawsoncreek.ca/recycle http://dawsoncreek.ca/recycle
- Download the Dawson Creek City app
For more information on the program, contact the City of Dawson Creek at 250-784-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR MEDIA INFORMATION:
City of Dawson Creek: Tabatha Young, City of Dawson Creek, 250-784-3636
NEAT: Karen Mason-Bennett, Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT), 250-785-6328
Photo taken of large quantity of loose screws and nails:
Loose screws and nails had to be removed from the conveyor at DC Recycling by hand. Unwanted screws and nails can be taken to DC Recycling and dropped in the scrap metal area for recycling. Never put items such as this in your recycling cart.
Photo showing sawdust with recyclables:
Sawdust is not recyclable and should be placed in your garbage cart. In this case, the sawdust meant the recycling sorting had to halt and the sawdust removed by hand.
Photo showing garbage with recyclables
Garbage mixed in with recyclables makes sorting difficult. Garbage and food waste goes in the garbage cart, not the recycling cart.
The Dawson Creek Oilmen’s Association is hosting the annual Christmas Tree Light Up on November 23rd at the Mile Zero Post. Bring the whole family for the lighting of the tree and see the Christmas magic fill Downtown Dawson Creek @ 7pm!
City of Dawson Creek Mayor and Council will be there in their Elf hats to hand out free candy canes.
The Inaugural Meeting of City Council will be held November 5, 2018 and will include:
- Reverend David Roch, Chairperson of the Dawson Creek Ministerial Association, in Attendance to Perform the Blessing.
Swearing in Ceremony for Mayor and Councillors, Administered by the Honourable Judge George Leven and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Bob Zimmer, MP in Attendance for Introduction to New Council members.
- Reports from Mayor Dale Bumstead for Various Council Appointments.
Report No. 18-180 from Mayor Bumstead re: 2019 Acting Mayor Schedule.
You can view the full agenda package below:
Remembrance Day Ceremony:
The ceremony will take place at the Unchagah Hall, 10109 13th Street. Doors open at 10:00 am, the ceremony takes place at 11:00 am.
The City of Dawson Creek will be closed on Monday, November 12th for Remembrance Day.
City Hall flags will fly at half-mast on Remembrance Day November 11, 2018.