Toxic roundup moves to new location

It’s time to get rid of your household waste with the Town of Ponoka preparing a roundup day on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s time to get rid of your household waste with the Town of Ponoka preparing a roundup day on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The location for this year’s toxic roundup is being moved to the Town of Ponoka’s waste transfer site northeast of town on 46 Street.

Renamed the Household Hazardous Waste Roundup, members of the Ponoka Fire Department are helping out, explained Donna Brinkworth, communications officer.

Electronics items such as printers, computers, monitors as well as paint and other chemicals found at home will be accepted.

“The normal stuff under your sink…household chemicals,” added Jill Owen, manager of operations for the Town of Ponoka.

Town and county residents are invited to bring their household chemicals and old paper for shredding. To help with the roundup Clean Harbours, a hazardous waste disposal company, will be taking the paint and other chemicals.

Paper shredding company, Paper Cuts, will also join the roundup and Brinkworth said they are volunteering their time to help out at the event. She added that Paper Cuts requested a donation be made to Ponoka Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) should people wish to.

FCSS will be on call to help transport the household chemicals for people with disabilities or limited mobility.

In an effort to bring full services to residents, collection of household chemicals will continue year-round at the transfer site. Owen said the goal is to give people an opportunity to get rid of their waste without saving it for the roundup.

“They’re (people) getting more conscientious about wanting to dump more properly,” said Owen.

Call Owen at the town shop with questions related to the roundup at 403-783-0159. For help with transportation of household chemicals call FCSS at 403-783-4462.

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