Environment

City to build 48,000-tonne organics ‘stomach’

Edmonton’s Utility Services Branch is about to take another big step towards diverting 90% of the city’s waste from landfill. This year at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC), construction...

Excel. A click! Presto: a plan!

The combination of Edmonton’s growth and the lessons learned from 2012 flooding have placed the City of Edmonton’s Utility Services capital budget on a consistent upward slope. Our current budget ...

Your gift to Edmonton: #WasteLessHolidays

Gifts, decorations, parties and festive treats―they’re all part of the holiday season―and so is waste. Dave Claus―the spirit of holiday waste, shows us that we don’t have to sacrifice our en...

Reduce through Reuse this Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a wasteful one. Did you know that the amount of garbage* collected in Edmonton during the two weeks after December 25 is twice the ...

A Compost Tribute to Service & Sacrifice

In June 2015, Edmontonians laid hundreds of flowers at police stations and memorials in honour of Constable Daniel Woodall. Following the funeral services, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) searched f...

Rooting for trees in neighbourhood renewal

Neighbourhood renewal projects involve machines tearing up big chunks of old roadways and sidewalks, followed by heavy dump trucks, packers and pavers – the scale is BIG! But in parallel with th...

Innovation in Sustainability: Residential Infill

Being driven by the heart and pulse of an urban centre is just one reason people are embracing infill homes. Other reasons, such as short commute times, established neighbourhoods with plenty of chara...

Innovation in Sustainability: Livable Communities

How efficient are you getting to and from your home? If you’re within close walking distance to a transit station, with plenty of business, retail and residential around it, then you likely live in ...

Innovation in Sustainability: Redeveloping Contaminated Sites

What would you do about an eyesore in your neighbourhood? Cringe every time you walked by? Avoid the spot altogether? Well, Mathew McLash went above and beyond what most of us would do; he went ahead ...

Energy transition 101

Currently, our city is dependent on non-renewable energy (mainly coal for electricity, natural gas for heating, and gasoline and diesel for transportation fuel). While there is a movement towards ener...

Innovation in Sustainability: Green Community

Can you say that your house and community is making history? That may be a tall order for most of us, but for Jarek Topczewski, who built an environmentally-friendly house in the City of Edmonton’s ...

How green is our city?

How do you think Edmonton is doing on an environmental scale? The recently-released 2014 Report on the Environment gives us a snapshot of just that. Edmonton’s Report on the Environment is the C...

Innovation in Sustainability: Natural Areas

When’s the last time you went out and really appreciated one of Edmonton’s parks or natural areas? They’re so abundant in Edmonton that we often take them for granted. Our River Valley alone, th...

Our waste management brilliance: taking it to the world

One of the early initiators of Edmonton’s world-renowned waste management system is patiently selling our city’s expertise to the world…one small step at a time. Roy Neehall was there when the v...

Alley to front door: recycling message hits home

Talking to Laura Henderson and Myles Curry about their work for the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Branch is a combination of fascination and pride – fascination at their brilliance, and thei...

Behind-the-Scenes with City Staff on The Amazing Race

When Erika Droessler, Education Programs Coordinator for the Edmonton Waste Management Centre was asked to give a tour to two people who wanted to shoot a tourism video, she wasn’t too surprised. Af...

Get artsy for the environment

I don’t have an artsy bone in my body. I wish I did… but I don’t. I do however, have some very artsy friends who I will be calling this week to tell them about a brand new contest that the City ...

Wizards turn organic waste into revenue, avoiding BIG costs!

What the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Services wizards do with that banana peel you threw in the garbage last night is almost magic. In their drive to divert waste from landfills, for 15 year...

Buzz’tin myths about bees!

Are you scared of bees? Me too! Well… I thought I was until I started learning more about them through the urban beekeeping campaign at the City. In April 2015, the Animal Licensing and Control Byla...

Waste Management goes door-to-door for reduced waste stream

Who says you can’t have a whole lot of fun while working to achieve the City of Edmonton’s dead-serious goal of recycling, reusing or composting 90% of our waste stream. Wearing big grins, Myles C...

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