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Whiteshell Solid Waste Management Initiatives – Update – July 2020

Posted on: July 14, 2020  |  

Further to the June update on solid waste disposal the Parks and Protected Spaces Branch is continuing to implement suggestions that have been received by from our membership and other park stakeholders.

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Whiteshell Solid Waste Management Initiatives – Update – July 2020

Recently the removal of the existing garbage/recycling cages within the catchment area of the new Brereton Lake Depot was completed and during the first weekend of their absence the depot saw a definite increase in volume of garbage. As this is a pilot project, continued input is being taken into consideration and the district will ensure that the Brereton depot bins will be checked more frequently ensuring empty bins are in place for weekend use to prevent future garbage pile ups. It should also be noted that a change to the Jessica Lake Transfer Station hours of operation were made to ensure it is open on Sunday evenings to accommodate those leaving the park. Commencing July 5, 2020 it will be open from 12:00 – 8:00 PM.  Normal hours of 10 am – 6 pm run from Thursday – Saturday and Monday, with it being closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Similarly the two remaining garbage cages along south shore road in Falcon Lake were posted in early June with removal complete by June 30, 2020.  Garbage/recycling along south shore road in Falcon Lake has access to the newly developed larger depot site on the south side of the causeway on the way into Falcon Lake Townsite.  The continued partnership with Recycle Everywhere has ensured that a supply of the free Recycle Everywhere Bin Bags, similar to those distributed several years ago, are available for anyone within Whiteshell Provincial Park for pickup at Conservation and Climate district and campground offices throughout the summer to aid in the proper sorting and collection of recycling.

Garbage cages within public areas which include campgrounds, beaches, wayside parks, trails and boat launches will remain in place and continue to be used at this time.  Garbage/recycling cages adjacent to commercial operations are currently still in place with the intent to remove them by the spring of 2021.  Discussions with commercial operators are being planned for the fall of 2020.  Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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