New project helps dispose of large items

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July 16, 2015 8:15 AM

The City of Lloydminster is rolling out a new pilot project that could see unwanted furniture and appliances go to good use.

Until Aug. 7, Lloydminster residents can register to participate in the new Large-Item Pickup Pilot Project. People participating in the program will be permitted to place large household items on their curb, and for a $5-per-item fee the city will arrange for the belongings to be taken to the landfill or, if the owner chooses, be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“We have been receiving a lot of feedback from residents saying that this is a program that they would like to see in Lloydminster,” said Karen Dela Rosa, waste services general manager.

“The main objective is to provide the residents an opportunity to dispose of their large items which they can’t typically dispose on-curb: mattresses, furniture, appliances. And another is to provide them a convenient and environmentally-friendly solution to divert their waste from the landfill. We have partnered with the local (Habitat for Humanity) ReStore and so any items that are gently-used or reusable will actually be donated.”

Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster has approached the city in the past about salvaging useful items sent to landfill. ReStore supervisor Fred Wyka says the project will help people who may want to donate used furniture and appliances to Habitat to Humanity, but don’t have the means to transport large items.

“We’re hoping that we can eliminate a lot of stuff going to the landfill that we can pick up ourselves and sell if it’s in good condition,” Wyka said. “It could be beneficial to both of us: We get to put dollars in the bank, the city can keep the landfill empty of some products that they don’t have to haul out there.”

Aside from furniture, acceptable items include refrigerators, washers, dryers, carpeting, bicycles, and lawnmowers which have been drained of fuel and oil. Some unacceptable items include anything weighing over 200 pounds, auto parts, fencing, decks, swing sets, televisions, hazardous waste, debris, concrete and dirt.

“What we hope is to get as many subscriptions as we can,” Dela Rose said. “We’re hoping to make this program a regular program here in Lloydminster.”

Lloydminsterites can subscribe to the project at www.lloydminster.ca/lip2015 or by phoning the Operations Centre at 780-874-3700. Items will be collected from Aug. 17 to 21, two days after the regularly scheduled curbside garbage day.

All items must be tagged by 7 a.m.

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