This section explains the current, past and/or upcoming waste programs and initiatives in Okotoks.
Two garbage pilot programs were completed in several Okotoks neighbourhoods from June to September 2018. A report was presented to Council in early 2019& and the results are now available.
Member municipalities of the Foothills Regional Service Commission (FRSC), including Okotoks, are currently exploring amalgamation of waste resources and the collaborative development of a Regional Waste Management Program, which includes investigating a facility for processing recyclables (a Material Recycling Facility (MRF)). The regional collaborative would be responsible for the collection and processing of waste, organics and recyclables in the Foothills region.
Members of the FRSC include the municipalities of Black Diamond, Foothills County, High River, Nanton, Okotoks and Turner Valley, serving a total population of approximately 60,000.
The FRSC manages the Foothills Regional Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre .
This initiative, which resulted from two reports (CH2M Hill- 2015 and Tetra Tech-2017), led to an expression of interest by individual Councils to pursue a regional waste solution. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with representatives from each participating municipality and a representative of the FRSC was formed in 2018.
Starting in 2018 and building on the initial studies, the TAG will work to develop a proposal for the Region that offers an alternative service delivery and implementation options report (2018-2019). The desired outcome will encourage and support the partners' achievement of the province's targeted waste diversion rate of 80% away from the landfill by 2020.
Municipal partners could decide to pool resources to create a more efficient and effective regional program that aligns with the FRSC mandate.
A materials recovery facility (MRF, pronounced "murf") is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials through both manual and automated processes for marketing to end-user manufacturers.