A new facility is officially open in Strathcona County to take care of unwanted electronics, oils, and other hazardous goods.
It’s part of a government funded program to build Enviroservice Stations across the country. The $4 million Strathcona County facility is funded by the federal Gas Tax Fund set up under for Prime Minister Paul Martin the last time the Liberals were in power.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says it’s to serve the Strathcona County, but he’s not against blurring the lines.
“Many municipalities do colaberate. You know, residents don’t recognize boundaries when they have to go use their services, right? So, if this facility is conveniently located for people in the capital region they will bring the household hazards and toxic waste to here,” says Sohi.
He believes it’s more about the environment than anything.
“We believe that the more convenient it is for people to take their waste to these kind of facilities that are available, the less impact that we’ll be seeing on the environment.”
To date, residents have brought in 531 televisions, 15,678 litres of oil and 425 computers. (djs)