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October 17, 2007 00:00 ET

Gregoire Recycling Depot officially opens

Fort McMurray, Alberta (October 17, 2007)  — With the official opening today of the Gregoire Recycling Depot, Wood Buffalo residents now have five recycling depots where they can drop off all their household recyclables. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Mayor Melissa Blake and Brenda Erskine, Director of Community Relations with Suncor Energy officially opened the Gregoire Recycling Depot, located at 424 Gregoire Drive, site of the Quality Hotel. The opening is one of several events in Wood Buffalo to celebrate Waste Reduction Week 2007, Oct. 15-21.

"Recycling is a very effective way to keep material out of the landfill, extending the life of the landfill and improving the environment," said Mayor Blake. "With our recycling partner, Suncor Energy, we are making significant strides in getting Wood Buffalo residents into the recycling habit." She added that Wood Buffalo recycled 91 per cent more household material in 2006 than in 2005 for a total of 433 tonnes of material, and she expects 2007 totals will be just as strong.

The new blue and yellow depot features the same signage and recycle bins as the other depots so recyclers can easily find the familiar signs, then quickly see where to deposit their recyclables.

"Our community is getting the message that recycling has very specific benefits, including making the best use of the materials used in the original product. When we recycle our newspapers, we give them new life as egg cartons or asphalt shingles or home insulation. The same thing is true for all our recyclable material. We save significant raw resources, power and water when we make goods from already-manufactured recyclable material. That's good for everyone," said Suncor Energy's Ms. Erskine.

Several other activities during Waste Reduction Week are reinforcing the recycling message in Wood Buffalo. Five municipal garbage trucks are now displaying recycling messages as they make their routes throughout the city. As well, recyclers at any of McMurray's recycling depots may be "caught in the act of recycling" and awarded a community prize for their efforts. Residents are also encouraged to take their e-waste to the e-Waste Roundup this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old Forestry Building on Airport Road, just east of Highway 63. E-waste includes items such as computers, printers, TVs, VCRs, video games, calculators, cell phones and digital cameras.

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For more information, contact:

Brenda Erskine
Director of Community Relations
Suncor Energy
(780) 743-6480

Karishma Kagalwala
Communications Advisor
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
(780) 792-5951