The Town of Bentley encourages recycling but has had to find a new location for their recycle trailers.
Alberta Transportation advised the town that they will start doing preliminary work on the Highway 12 relocation project this fall so the town’s recycle trailers would have to be moved.
“The town had very limited places to relocate to,” said CAO Elizabeth Smart. ”We were given a deadline of two weeks (which we met),” she said.
As of about Sept. 21 Bentley’s two recycle trailers have been located west of the Bentley curling rink where the old outdoor skating rink had been.
The skating rink/skate board park with its cement pad, has not been used in a number of years so town crews took down two sides of the outdoor arena, made an access at the north end, and set up the trailers.
Only tin is accepted in the burgundy town-owned trailer. Although the green Waste Management trailer is labeled “paper,” cardboard and clean plastics can also be deposited in that trailer. Smart explained that Waste Management just didn’t have all the proper signage but it is for cardboard and plastics as well as paper.
Residents are reminded that the recycle area is not a garbage dump and that no bags should be left at the site. People are requested to properly place their recyclables in the proper bins. In the past there has been abuse that town staff has had to deal with. Contaminated loads are not accepted in Red Deer and whole loads have been turned away because of the wrong thing being deposited in the trailer, adding an extra expense to the Bentley recycling program.
There is no income, only expenses, with the recycle program, explained Smart, so people are asked to be responsible with their recycling to help keep the town’s cost down and make the time staff has to spend at the site and hauling recyclables to Red Deer to a minimum.
The public is also reminded that the compost area Bentley once had close to the landfill area is also closed due to the highway relocation project and abuse of the site.
If there are any questions or concerns about Bentley’s recycle program call the town office at 403-748-4044.