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Volunteers Don’t Waste Their Time With This Opportunity

Reuse Centre Volunteers

April 13, 2011

Volunteers with the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Branch do a lot of heavy lifting to divert waste from landfill. In 2010 alone, volunteers at the Reuse Centre sorted 140 tonnes of donations to make sure items could be reused by customers, resulting in 6,100 fewer bags of waste going to landfill.

As part of National Volunteer Week, the City is recognizing volunteers who help make Edmonton a leader in waste management. In 2010, volunteers gave over 5,000 hours of their time helping people understand the four Rs of waste management: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover.

Along with Reuse Centre volunteers, there are also Master Composter/Recycler ambassadors who teach Edmontonians about composting, grasscycling, and other ways to be green at home.

“We’re fortunate to have so many residents in Edmonton who are passionate about recycling and reuse,” says Connie Boyce, Director of Community Relations with the City’s Waste Management Branch. “These volunteer opportunities give them a chance to get hands-on experience with our waste system.”

Volunteers have put in a total of nearly 49,000 hours with the Waste Management Branch. Master Composter/Recyclers have accounted for over 37,000 of those hours since the program began in 1991 and Reuse Centre volunteers have accounted for 11,650 hours since the Centre opened in 2007.

For more information on being a volunteer with the City’s Waste Management Branch, visit www.edmonton.ca/waste.

For more information:

Connie Boyce

Waste Management Services

Title Director, Community Relations


Email connie.boyce@edmonton.ca