When reduce and reuse aren't enough
The residential garbage truck operator picks up garbage from every house in the District of Mackenzie making approximately 1300 stops a week. The operator manually picks up roughly 2 cans of garbage per stop a week. With an average of 30 lbs per can the operator will lift 156,000 lbs of garbage a week or 8,112,000 lbs a year. What an incredible amount of waste being collected and dumped into local landfills.
Mackenzie's natural beauty is one of its defining features for residents and visitors alike. The District of Mackenzie aims to ensure access to a healthy natural environment, including clean air, clean water, protected natural areas, opportunities for recreation, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
To protect this pristine setting, the District supports any efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations as well as the community as a whole by encouraging waste diversion through increased recycling and composting. The District works closely with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to provide various recycling opportunities within the community.
There are many ways to reduce your weekly garbage including recycling, reusing or repurposing items, or even composting. Waste prevention is the most effective way to reduce garbage. If each of us makes small changes to our purchasing and disposal habits, we can greatly reduce the amount of waste we create.
Please view our Recycling Brochure for a list of accepted items and more ways you can recycle here in Mackenzie.
Community Recycle Bin Locations & materials
- mixed paper
- plastic milk jugs
- food tins