Thirty-eight drums of household waste, 16,000 litres of paint and six bins of electronics were collected Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Town of Ponoka’s Recycle Roundup.
This is the last year of the roundup as materials will now be collected year round at the town’s transfer station northeast of Ponoka, explained Jill Owen, manager of operations. She said a full list of what products can be accepted will be made available soon.
She added that making the roundup year round enables residents to remove their household waste or paint at their convenience. Paint will be accepted in their cans in large bins near the blue building and will be collected by Clean Harbours.
Community groups also helped out with the roundup, said Owen. Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) teamed up with the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse to collect materials from residents who have a challenge getting around the community.
Also helping out was Paper Cuts who asked for donations to be made to FCSS for their services. Owner Peter Kocher worked with the roundup for the last three or four years.
“We service come clients in Ponoka and it’s always good to give back to the community you’re in,” said Kocher.
“Lots of times residents don’t have anywhere to take it (paper documents),” he added.
Paper Cuts shredded the paper on site and Kocher says it gets recycled.
Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson and deputy chief Kelsey Hycha helped collect the electronics recycling.