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General Information on Recycling, Eco-Centre and Garbage Collection in Grande Prairie
How do I dispose of concrete or asphalt?
Where can I recycle A, AA, AAA alkaline batteries?
Is there a bylaw disallowing outside drying of clothes?
Grande Prairie as a whole really lacks trees, and old ones at that. It seems that every time I look, they’re cutting down old trees and replacing them with spindly little trees.
Last night I passed the Library and noticed that every single light was still on. Why?
Q: General Information on Recycling, Eco-Centre and Garbage Collection in Grande Prairie
A:

Information on recycling (PDF, 1.55MB), the Eco Centre, and garbage can be found on the Aquatera Services web page.

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Q: How do I dispose of concrete or asphalt?
A:

The City Disposal Yard is currently NOT accepting concrete until further notice; asphalt is still being accepted. 

For more information on concrete and asphalt disposal please visit this page. 

Q: Where can I recycle A, AA, AAA alkaline batteries?
A:

Alberta Environment has deemed small alkaline batteries (eg. AA, AAA) as non hazardous and landfill-able, however landfill fires can start as a result of the chemical reaction that takes place within these batteries. Therefore we should try our best to eliminate alkaline batteries from entering the municipal solid waste stream. Below is a list of facilities in Grande Prairie and area that will accept small alkaline batteries for recycling:

  • ECO Centre
  • Best Buy
  • London Drugs (Gateway Power Centre) 
  • Staples (only accepts Lithium ion batteries)
  • The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management accepts all rechargeable batteries and cell phones for recycling through the RBRC.

*Sears accepts rechargeable batteries only.

Q: Is there a bylaw disallowing outside drying of clothes?
A:

Recently the City of Grande Prairie has received some questions regarding clothes lines and whether there is a bylaw disallowing outside drying of clothes. Good news – there isn’t! However, depending on where you live there may be a restrictive covenant that does not allow for clothes lines. You may want to check with the developer to understand what restrictions are in place. 

For those who don’t use a clothes line there are many benefits to drying your clothes outside. Hanging to dry outside will reduce static, reduce your energy consumption costs, sunlight is a natural sanitizing and bleaching agent, and line drying is much gentler on your clothes. If you are someone who utilizes a laundromat you could bring the clothes home wet and then hang to dry – saving money!

During the winter you can line dry inside. Basements, laundry rooms, spare rooms are all excellent places to line dry your clothing in the winter – if you don’t want to line dry outside. 

 

Q: Grande Prairie as a whole really lacks trees, and old ones at that. It seems that every time I look, they’re cutting down old trees and replacing them with spindly little trees.
A:
We totally agree with you that our entryways could be more beautiful. Unfortunately, these areas pose the greatest growing challenges because of extreme conditions. High winds, heavy clay soils and excessive salt spray in the winter months make it difficult for anything to survive.

We are slowly working to make change. For example, north on 100 Street a number of long tree “beds” have been built. The trees planted here are thriving compared to other individual trees planted along the same boulevard. As our budgets allow more of these “mass” plantings will occur and at other entryways as well.


Our Zone 2a climate is another challenge. Only limited types of trees are hardy enough to grow here which means many of the same trees are planted. This can become a real problem if an insect arrives that likes a specific tree. For example, a high percentage of Ash trees in Grande Prairie have been attacked by Western Ash Bark Beetle. This has caused tremendous damage resulting in many Ash tree removals.

When trees reach the end of their lifecycle (as with many large poplar trees in the city) they can pose tremendous safety hazards. Dead or diseased branches have the potential of breaking off. During mid-summer even healthy branches, laden with leaves and sap will snap off in high winds. Sometimes those trees end up being removed.

The positive is that for every tree removed a tree is planted to replace it. While the replacement trees are certainly small compared to what might have been removed, those small trees today will be large trees tomorrow.

In new subdivisions on collector and minor collector roads, one tree per lot is planted. This may change if the lot size is too small or driveways impede planting. In those cases a common tree is planted between lots. Our tree inventory is at almost 15,000 trees and there are over 260 shrub beds on public lands! This does not include the Muskoseepi /Crystal Lake Corridor.
Q: Last night I passed the Library and noticed that every single light was still on. Why?
A:
There are motion sensors in the Montrose Cultural Centre and there is custodial staff in the building cleaning until midnight. Once the staff are out of the main part of the library (where the bulk of the afterhours work is), the lights will automatically turn off.

The Montrose Cultural Centre is a silver LEED building and the most environmentally sustainable building built in Grande Prairie. The building uses powerful and sophisticated new technologies for controlling energy use. The lights in the building are extremely efficient. Once all of the systems are in use, the light usage will be at levels that minimize energy, which includes dimming the lights according to the natural daylight available.

We are working on programs that address energy efficiencies and education regarding use. We have partnered with the Library to provide energy meters for the public to borrow and track where they are using power. We hope to have more programs in the spring of 2011. Within the organization of the City of Grande Prairie, we are working towards efficiencies in all of our facilities.