Stony Plain's 'Don't Just Trash It!' Campaign a Success

The Town of Stony Plain continues their efforts to reduce waste in the community.

As environmentally friendly efforts continue in the Town of Stony Plain, they reflect on they measured up in 2017.

Stony Plain saw a 5% increase in waste diversion compared to 2016, having successfully diverted 58% of their waste away from the landfill. This is in line with the trend of over 50% diversion the town has seen in the past six years.

Sustainability Planner, Miles Dibble says, "it was Stony Plain's second most successful year for overall wast diversion" he adds, "Over the last 10 years, with the help of the residents, the town has diverted over 30,000 tons of waste from the landfill".

This year's success is in part with the "Don't Just Trash It!" campaign which is a waste education initiative done through various forms of media and in schools. Mayor William Choy commented on the efforts saying, "I'd like to thank the public for taking their commitment to the environment so seriously, and our local schools for allowing representatives from the town to teach our little ambassadors how to recycle and compost".

The My Waste App was a large success this year as well as they saw a 91% jump in the number of unique users, going from 1,644 to 3,143. The rate of interactions also increased from 22,715 to 28,174.

Other programs which aided in the success include the Christmas tree chipping and the Treasure Hunt & Large Item Pick Up.

Stony Plain hopes to continually build on these numbers and in 2018 is hoping to reach their goal of 60% waste diversion.

-MU

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