Going green is simpler than you think; there are hundreds of easy things that you can do to adopt a greener lifestyle; you may be doing some already!
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce your waste by recycling, buying goods with less packaging and composting organic waste.
Information about the Eco Centre, links and resources for waste reduction.
Information about Cochrane's residential curbside waste and recycling pick-up program.
More information and tips at Compost Council of Canada and Environment Canada.
Cochrane Bottle Depot (205 Railway St, 403-932-4399)
Reuse containers to sort stuff at home, use reusable shopping bags, help someone else reuse your old household goods and clothing:
Home Treasures (11 118 First Ave W, 403-851-9974)
Accepts reusable furniture and household goods; a non-profit partnership with Cochrane FCSS and the Women’s Housing Society
Home Reno Heaven (204a River Ave, 403-851-1117)
Sells home renovation products and appliances that still have a useful service life and may otherwise be discarded unnecessarily, while generating revenue for self-sustaining affordable housing programs.
Cochrane’s residential water use rises by as much as 50% in the summer months. A naturescaped yard reduces your water bill while easing demand on the Town’s water treatment and delivery systems.
To see what a naturescaped garden looks like, check out our demonstration garden at the corner of West Terrace Dr and West Terrace Pt (map).
Water conservation: time-of-day watering
Town of Cochrane water conservation bylaw goes into effect at the beginning of May every year. Unless otherwise specified, level one watering restrictions are in place. You may water outside only during 5 - 10 am or 7 pm - 1 am. Remember, established lawns only need 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water per week – enough to fill an average Frisbee! More information.
Wondering about the quality of air here in Cochrane? There are some great resources online:
The 13 Pathways in the Cochrane Sustainability Plan give us a common direction toward sustainability. Each Pathway includes our current realities, long-term goals and strategies for success. Learn more about how you can help achieve our Pathways, and create a sustainable future for Cochrane.
Check the events calendar for community events, watch for notices in Municipal Matters, or check with Volunteer Cochrane for other great ways to get involved.