What happens to bottles and cans discarded in Riley Park?

Environmental stewardship remains an obvious goal

Disposable cans and bottles are discarded in Riley Park’s trash, and litter the fence and bushes. It’s an unsustainable waste of resources, which doesn’t fit with W4R’s five guiding goals:

1. Health, 2. Environment, 3. Community building, 4. Economic well being of local businesses, and 5. Other collective benefits.

For some time, W4R has attempted to find out (1) how much garbage is collected at Riley Park, and,  (2) how much of that is disposable drink containers that could be recycled. We learned that garbage collection is contracted out, so no records are available to answer either question.

The reasons for wanting that data

Although the amount of garbage is visible, having numbers, such as garbage weight or bag count carted out weekly, is very helpful in making a case for funding the drinking fountain, and for raising awareness of the issues of waste.

What we did learn, is that City of Calgary staff take the initiative on their own. If staff find recyclables in the park, they can and often do collect them.

What do they do with the refunds they collect from Riley Park’s disposable bottles and cans? According to Leanne, the refund from any cans and bottles is donated to the Parks staff fund.

W4R is pleased that Riley Park’s waste doesn’t go to waste.

Leanne, City of Calgary Parks Department, works in Riley Park

Be part of it;
a beautiful public drinking fountain,
for Riley Park, for you and as a legacy for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for Water for Riley project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

We invite everyone to participate as a volunteer organizer, fundraiser, donor, sponsor, or any other role. Call 403 862 1923 and leave your contact information.

 

 

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