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The MD was a recipient of the 2023 Collection Site Award of Excellence from Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). This coveted provincial award acknowledges Alberta-based recycling facilities for operating in alignment with stringent criteria including organization, convenience and public safety.

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Landfill Manager Randy Peconi and Landfill Assistant Anne Haney accepted the award in Grande Prairie on Friday, September 8 at the Alberta CARE Annual Fall Conference. Reeve Murray Kerik and Deputy Reeve Lana Spencer were also in attendance at the awards ceremony.

This recognition comes as a result of the hard work and dedication of our entire team. It is proof positive that our collective efforts to implement and maintain sustainable waste management practices are delivering tangible results. We are proud to be part of the global movement to protect the environment, and will continue to do our part to create a sustainable future.
Randy Peconi, Landfill Manager

In preparation for its annual awards program, ARMA delegates regularly inspect recycling sites across the province (often several times per year) to gauge their alignment with about a dozen criteria, from safe handling and separation of items to registration and collaboration with municipal recycling programs. From a pool of 472 facilities vying for the 2023 Award of Excellence, three were shortlisted — Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission (LSLRWMSC) being the first.

This award is a testament to our facility’s outstanding performance, innovation, and professionalism, as our collection site stood out from a mountain of other competitive providers. Thanks to our passionate and progressive crew, our regional landfill has undergone a near-complete transformation over the past year and a half.
Barry Kolenosky, Chief Administrative Officer for the MD and Commission Manager

Landfill Manager Peconi has taken a run at the ARMA award for ten years under previous employers — but to no avail. He credits this year’s win to three variables: the tireless work of his close-knit crew; increased public recycling efforts; and the trust placed in him by municipal leaders. “The creative latitude I’ve been given by MD Council and the CAO certainly factors into where we are today,” he added. “In the past year alone, we’ve been touted by neighbouring municipalities as the gold standard in regional waste management and recycling practices. Other start-up landfills are now visiting us, talking to us and using our grounds as precedent for their own operations.”

We are incredibly honoured to receive this esteemed recognition for our collection site. I’d like to commend the community at large for their increased efforts in recycling over the past year. Your dedication to preserving the environment and making a positive impact has not gone unnoticed. Together, we have witnessed a significant transformation in waste management practices, with more individuals actively participating in recycling initiatives. By choosing to recycle, you are contributing to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for generations to come.
Barry Kolenosky, Chief Administrative Officer for the MD and Commission Manager

About the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission

The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission (LSLRWMSC) provides solid waste management and recycling services to commercial and residential customers in the Lesser Slave River region. The Town of Slave Lake and MD of Lesser Slave River are key Commission partners.

The Commission operates a regional landfill 13 kilometers east of Slave Lake, and works in tandem with other landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities and related stakeholders. We strive to ensure that regional waste and recycling activities are well planned, resourceful, and socially sustainable. Founded on a commitment to the environment and sustainable development, LSLRWMSC helps set new standards in the recycling industry.

For more information about LSLRWMSC and their environmentally-friendly waste management solutions visit slavelakelandfill.ca.

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