Help us shape our single-use items waste reduction strategy!

The City of Spruce Grove continues to strive to create a more sustainable city and we want to work with you to successfully reduce the amount of single-use items that end up in the landfill each year.

Our initial focus is to determine how to 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.

This initiative will have impacts on both businesses and residents, which is why we need your help to shape how we can best divert these items from the waste stream.

Leading the Way!

Municipalities across Alberta are joining others across Canada and the globe to reduce the amount of single-use items in their waste and recycling streams. Spruce Grove is at the forefront of this initiative in Alberta. Let’s work together to be a leader!

Waste by Numbers:

  • In 2016, we conducted a waste audit that indicated that non-rigid plastic made up 4% of the recycling stream and 2% of the garbage stream by weight. Polystyrene or Styrofoam was recorded at 0.2% of the recycling stream and 1% of the garbage stream by weight. Considering the very low weight of a plastic bag and Styrofoam, measuring by weight minimizes the issue.
  • It is estimated that single-use items account for about half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced around the world each year. Only 13% of plastics are recycled worldwide.
  • In Vancouver alone, around 2 million plastic shopping bags are disposed of in the garbage each week (63% are reused as garbage bags).
  • According to the Retail Council of Alberta the average Albertan receives 147 plastic retail bags a year.
  • The City of Spruce Grove spends on average $70,000 annually picking up litter in our public spaces which consists mainly of single-use items such as coffee/fast food cups, straws, polystyrene and cigarette butts.

Interesting Fact

Plastic straws and utensils easily fall through screens on recycling sorting lines that are designed to remove contaminants.

The City of Spruce Grove continues to strive to create a more sustainable city and we want to work with you to successfully reduce the amount of single-use items that end up in the landfill each year.

Our initial focus is to determine how to 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.

This initiative will have impacts on both businesses and residents, which is why we need your help to shape how we can best divert these items from the waste stream.

Leading the Way!

Municipalities across Alberta are joining others across Canada and the globe to reduce the amount of single-use items in their waste and recycling streams. Spruce Grove is at the forefront of this initiative in Alberta. Let’s work together to be a leader!

Waste by Numbers:

  • In 2016, we conducted a waste audit that indicated that non-rigid plastic made up 4% of the recycling stream and 2% of the garbage stream by weight. Polystyrene or Styrofoam was recorded at 0.2% of the recycling stream and 1% of the garbage stream by weight. Considering the very low weight of a plastic bag and Styrofoam, measuring by weight minimizes the issue.
  • It is estimated that single-use items account for about half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced around the world each year. Only 13% of plastics are recycled worldwide.
  • In Vancouver alone, around 2 million plastic shopping bags are disposed of in the garbage each week (63% are reused as garbage bags).
  • According to the Retail Council of Alberta the average Albertan receives 147 plastic retail bags a year.
  • The City of Spruce Grove spends on average $70,000 annually picking up litter in our public spaces which consists mainly of single-use items such as coffee/fast food cups, straws, polystyrene and cigarette butts.

Interesting Fact

Plastic straws and utensils easily fall through screens on recycling sorting lines that are designed to remove contaminants.

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