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All multi-unit properties, households and businesses in Cochrane pay an Eco Centre fee of $5 per month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste programming. The Cochrane Eco Centre accepts everything from excess recycling, household batteries (rechargeable, alkaline and automotive), propane tanks (all sizes), fluorescent light tubes, CFL's, household hazardous waste (chemicals), paint, aerosols, electronics, scrap metal, glass, styrofoam, leaves & grass, tree trimmings, Christmas Trees, printer cartridges, eye glasses, used motor oil, oil filters, oil containers, grease and used cooking oils, food waste, bicycles, clothing and books. All of these programs are funded by the monthly fee.
Other updates: Plans must be submitted for new buildings or when there are significant program changes for existing buildings within 30 days of occupancy or change of ownership.
All the materials must be accepted in your multi-unit recycling program. You are welcome to accept additional materials such as glass, or to add a food and yard waste program as well.
8 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with eight or fewer units may apply to receive and pay for the Town’s automated waste and recycling cart service. Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or email@example.com to determine eligibility.
25 or fewer unitsOwners or managers of multi-unit properties with 25 or fewer units may apply for exemption from hiring a private recycling collector through their Waste and Recycling Plan.If approved for exemption, you are still required to:• Set up and maintain onsite storage of all recyclables • Self-haul recycling: assign hauling of recyclable materials to yourself, an employee or volunteer to a verifiable recycling facility such as the Cochrane Eco Centre.• Inform your residents of the recycling program details in writing (by letter, brochure, poster etc.) within 30 days of move-in.
Contact Waste & Recycling Services directly at 403-851-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
Consider expanding your waste and recycling collection area into an unused space, like a rarely used parking spot. Your collection company and the Town of Cochrane Waste & Recycling Services can help you identify areas for recycling container placement.
Request communications materials through the Waste & Recycling Hotline 403-851-2277 or email@example.com. Graphic files and electronic sign templates can be downloaded from www.cochrane.ca/multi-unit
There are many ways to introduce a new recycling program. Based on experience, we suggest hosting a one-time kick-off event. Here are a few examples:
Kick-off PartyA party for the property residents that combines food (for example a BBQ) and entertainment (music or games) with an introduction to the new recycling program. Activities can include demonstrations on how to set up your in-unit recycling, where and how to take recycling to the collection bins and examples of items acceptable in the program. As residents arrive they can be directed to sign in and receive their recycling brochure (and bin if you are providing them)
Pros: Suitable for all sizes of properties. Fun. Highly visible. Promotes conversations and community building. Residents will associate the new recycling program with a positive experience.Cons: Requires a suitable space. Cost for food and/or entertainment. Time consuming to plan. Need sufficient staff/volunteers.
Community Meeting/Open HouseA resident gathering in a common area, either as a stand-alone event or plan it to coincide with an already scheduled AGM or other meeting. An open house format allows residents to drop in and leave after they have asked questions and picked up brochures. Residents can be directed to sign in (allowing you to track who attended and follow up with those who couldn’t attend). Set up a demonstration showing in-unit storage options and how recycling containers need to be used (such as sorting requirements). Provide some refreshments.
Pros: Not very time consuming. Low cost. Few staff/volunteers required. Drop-in format encourages residents to pop in.Cons: Less fun than a party.
Door-to-Door OutreachOn a specific date, go door to door to distribute in-unit bins (if you are providing them) and information materials about the program. This gives you the opportunity to explain the program to each resident, including what is acceptable and where the recycling collection bins are located.Pros: Good choice for smaller properties. No extra cost. Easy to keep track of who you spoke with.Cons: Time consuming for larger properties.