Since more garbage could be generated over the holidays, the City of Red Deer is offering residents four free extra-waste tags.
These tags can be attached to additional bags of garbage, beyond the municipal three-bag limit per household.
“We know holiday celebrations can create more household waste than usual,” said Jane Whitesell, the city’s waste management superintendent.
She encourages householders to use reusable gift bags for Christmas presents, and recycle as much numbered plastic and cardboard as possible, to keep it out of the landfill.
But if local residents, “despite their best efforts,” still produce more than three bags of garbage a week over the holidays, they can attach an extra-waste tag, and the additional bag will be picked up along with the regular collection.
These tags are available for free until Jan. 15 from City Hall, the G.H. Dawe Centre, Collicutt Centre, Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre.
Those who miss the deadline can still purchase extra tags for $1 per tag from the Recreation Centre or City Hall.
The City of Red Deer aims to reduce per capita waste disposal by setting bag limits, and by expanding the recycling program to accept plastics #1 through #7 in blue boxes. The city is also piloting the Green Cart organics diversion program.
For more information, please visit www.reddeer.ca