The Town is responsible for the orderly collection, removal, and disposal of garbage within the limits of the Town of Cardston, but the amount of waste we can collect and haul to the landfill is regulated by the province, and we are restricted to specific tonnage of waste per year. As populations grow, and more waste is generated, a concern of staying under the restricted tonnage arises. There are two options to dealing with the problem of exceeding the tonnage restriction; either pay more taxes to handle all the extra garbage, or generate less waste.
The Town believes it is prudent for all of our citizens to do as much as possible in order to reduce the amount of waste they produce and leave at the curb for weekly pickup. Town Council wishes to remind the citizens of Cardston about the Town's Garbage Bylaw, particularly in regards to yard waste, compostables and recyclables.
Yard waste contributes to a significant portion of all waste transferred to the landfill. Under the Town of Cardston Garbage Bylaw (Bylaw #1623) the Town will not collect lawn clippings or garden waste for pickup at the curb, and effective immediately, grass clippings or garden waste will no longer be accepted at the landfill. All lawn clippings must either be mulched or composted on the owners property, or deposited at the location provided at the transfer station. Mulching blades are a simple way to mulch your grass, they are available at virtually all hardware stores, and easily installed onto your lawn mower. Mulching your grass is healthy for your lawn, and doesn't require you to rake or bag your grass. There is a pile at the transfer station for people to deposit their clippings if they do not wish to mulch or compost them. Clippings in bags will not be accepted however, they must be dumped out onto the pile. Only grass, leaves, and other compostables are allowed on the pile, a receptacle is provided for any bags you may bring your lawn trimmings to the transfer station in.
Tree limbs, branches, or other wood can be taken to the burn pile at the transfer station, where it is periodically disposed of by the attendant. No branches, sticks, hedge trimmings or other wood will be picked up by the curb side.
The exception to the bylaw is when the town organizes a cleanup. Usually once in the Spring and once in the Fall the Town will organize a town cleanup where residents can register to have garbage picked up from their homes that they would normally be required to take to the transfer station themselves. Spring cleanup is typically the first full week of May, but considering the weather we've had this year, cleanup this year may be sooner.
EXCERPTS FROM BYLAW 1623:
- The Town shall establish a recycling program to provide for the collection of selected recyclables and disposal of other recyclables as determined by Council.
- Cardboard, paper, cans, and other recyclable waste shall be discarded in the recycling trailers or appropriate collection bins provided by the Town. Prior to deposit, all cardboard boxes must be flattened.
- All containers shall be rinsed prior to disposal.
- Lawn clippings, leaves, etc. will not be collected by the collector but may be mulched, or composted on the owners property or bagged and deposited at the location provided at the Transfer Station.
- All lawn clippings, leaves, etc. that are deposited at the Transfer Station shall be clean from non-compostable material.
Types of refuse not collected
The Town shall not remove the following from premises:
- Discarded furniture, automobile parts, tires, and household equipment;
- Whole shrubs, bushes, hedges and tree limbs. ...;
- Fences, gates, and other permanent and semi permanent fixtures on the premises;
- Highly combustible or explosive materials including but not limited to liquid or solid fuels, gunpowder, ammunition or explosives;
- Hot ashes;
- Compressed gas, propane or butane cylinders;
- Toxic or household hazardous waste including solvents, oven cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, wet cell batteries, pesticides, herbicides, or any material commonly referred to as household, commercial or industrial hazardous waste, or any other material that is managed through the Province of Alberta Household Hazardous Waste program;
- Biomedical waste including hypodermic needles or syringes, lancets or any sharp item used in home medical care;
- Electronic equipment including microwaves, televisions, computers, computer monitors, keyboards and associated cables, or any other material that is managed through the Province of Alberta Electronics Recycling Program; dead animals and animal parts from hunting or trapping;
- Paint, solvents or any other material that is managed through the Province of Alberta Paint Recycling Program;
- Discarded heavy machinery;
- Bi-products of manufacturing;
- Heavy or bulky wrapping, packaging or crating materials unless said items fit in commercial bins provided.