New residents often wonder why Jasper doesn’t have curbside pick-up like other communities across Canada. Some of the reasons are listed below.
Wildlife Safety Issues
The main reason is that all waste must be secure from wildlife. Leaving bins with easily accessible waste, recyclables or organics would soon draw in opportunistic animals, creating a safety hazard for everyone.
All bins in Jasper whether for recyclables, kitchen organics or waste
are wildlife-proof, equipped with special latches that keep even the
bears out! In a national park keeping wildlife out of waste containers
keeps everyone safe.
Lack of an Automated Sorting System
In larger centres, all recyclables can be put in a blue bin for pick-up. In Jasper we do not have access to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. Manual sorting would be costly and inefficient. This is why in Jasper residents sort their own recyclables and take them to the nearest depot.
Less Cost Effective
The option of curbside pick-up with specialized roll-bins was explored by a waste management specialist firm in 2011. A recommendation of the final report was that it would be most cost-effective for Jasper to retain the current infrastructure and continue to promote recycling and composting in order to increase program participation.
Small Community With Less Waste
Jasper is a small community far from Alberta’s major centres. The total tonnage of waste, recyclables, and organics produced by Jasper is relatively low. As a new member of the Waste Yellowhead Regional Landfill Authority, Jasper plans to work with its partners (Hinton, Edson, and Yellowhead County) to explore regional efficiencies.