March 6, 2006

Alberta awards over $3.7M in grants to upgrade, expand waste management facilities

More than two dozen Alberta communities will benefit from grants totalling $3,737,000 being provided through provincial government's Waste Management Assistance program. Alberta Environment Minister Guy Boutilier said the funding will help the communities "handle the increased challenges in waste management that come with an expanding and vibrant economy."

The grants will be used to upgrade or expand landfills or recycling facilities. A variety of projects will receive support, including composting initiatives, new waste management facilities, and responsible waste handling projects. In many communities, savings resulting from these improvements will free up funds for the communities to pursue other projects.

The largest single grants, of $500,000 each, were awarded to the regions of Banff-Cochrane (encompassing the municipalities of Banff and Canmore and the municipal district of Big Horn) and Bonnyville-Cold Lake (encompassing the city of Cold Lake, the town and the municipal district of Bonnyville, the village of Glendon, and the summer beaches of Bonnyville Beach and Pelican Narrows.

The Banff-Cochrane grant will enable the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission to complete one transfer station at Banff, build another station to serve Canmore and Big Horn, and upgrade the Canmore recycling facility.

The Bonnyville-Cold Lake grant will enable the Beaver River Regional Waste Management Commission to complete a waste management study, and upgrade a regional landfill and transfer stations.

Three grants of $400,000 will support upgrading and/or expansions of regional landfills serving communities in the Dunvegan-Central Peace, Lac La Biche-St Paul, Athabaska-Redwater, Grande Prairie-Wapite and Grande Prairie-Smoky regions.

Alberta's Waste Management Assistance program was established to help urban and rural municipalities manage their waste. Projects eligible for assistance include regional sanitary landfills, transfer stations, diversion and recycling facilities and regional incinerators.

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