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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Town Wins International Communitas Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town Wins International Communitas Award
May 4, 2018

TABER, AB – The Town of Taber is pleased to announce that its Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) has been awarded a 2018 Communitas Award in the category of Ethical and Environmental Responsibility – Green Initiatives.  

The Communitas Awards is an “international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals that ... are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.” The name stems from the Latin word meaning “people coming together for the good of a community,” and the Award is sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. 

The Green Initiatives Category evaluates a company’s environmental practices and green programs. The Town’s MSWI was introduced in 2016 as a way to move towards more environmentally-minded waste collection initiatives, and included 3 carts for recycling, organics, and residual waste.

Within 8 months of the launch in May 2016, the Town of Taber saw a 55% and 17% diversion rate for organics and recycling, respectively. These numbers indicate the percentage of waste diverted from the landfill. The Town has also seen 34% decreases in both transport costs and truckloads leaving the Transfer Station since the MSWI was implemented. 

“We knew that Taber could be a hub for environmental practices in Southern Alberta” said Director of Engineering and Public Works Gary Scherer, “Winning the Communitas Award shows how dedicated our staff and citizens are to making this idea become a reality.”

“Winning an international award is no small feat, especially one that recognizes a group effort benefitting a whole community,” said Mayor Andrew Prokop, “The cooperation and effort the people of Taber have demonstrated with our new waste system truly embodies that spirit, and I would like to thank them for their continued efforts.”

The award will be presented to the Town at a future meeting of Council.

For further information, please contact:

Meghan Brennan
Communications and Projects Coordinator
403-223-6008

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