City launches single-use items waste reduction project

June 5, 2019

The City of Spruce Grove has launched a single-use items waste reduction project  . The initiative was in the 2019-2021 Corporate Plan and will include engagement with businesses and the public.

The City’s initial focus is to determine how to reduce or eliminate plastic retail bags, plastic straws and polystyrene (Styrofoam) single-use containers and cups from the waste stream. By doing this, we also aim to reduce the contamination of our recyclable and compostable materials.

The project kicks off with a workshop for Spruce Grove businesses that are directly impacted (such as retail, restaurant, grocery and convenience store sectors). Invitations have been sent out and businesses receiving the invitations are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.

Following the workshop, the City will engage in a broader perspective through a variety of in-person and online engagement   activities with the greater business community as well as the general public. The information sharing and engagement activities will take place throughout the summer.

The City’s goal is to work with the community to determine our best path forward. It is expected that the community’s feedback, together with learnings from around the world, will help shape the City’s approach to single-use item waste reduction.