Kennedale Eco Station makes recycling hazardous waste convenient for northeast Edmonton

Kennedale Eco Station makes recycling hazardous waste convenient for northeast Edmonton

I remember sitting alongside my brother and sister on the kitchen floor at the age of six, bewildered by the blue plastic bin our mother had placed in front of us. The year was 1988, and the City of Edmonton had just launched their first ‘Blue Box’ curbside recycling program. Fast-forward 27 years: Edmonton has one of Canada’s most successful recycling programs with a more than 80% participation rate among single-family households.

This Tuesday, Edmonton is excited to open Kennedale Eco Station, serving the northeast quadrant of the city. Eco Stations are waste drop-off facilities for electronics and household hazardous waste (such as paint, batteries and light bulbs), and were first introduced to Edmonton in 1995. The Kennedale location will take significant pressure off of existing eco stations.

“This is exciting for northeast Edmonton,” said project architect, David James. “Prior to Kennedale opening, residents would have to drive over 12 kilometres to the next closest eco station.”

Approaching the Kennedale site, residents will first notice the city’s ‘eco station green’ used to identify which areas are publically accessible. Strategic placement of vegetation and screens along 127 avenue welcomes staff, visitors, and patrons. The remaining areas are clad in silver corrugated metal panel as a visual connection to adjacent warehouse buildings. Residents will first stop at the kiosks where they’re asked the type and amount of waste or recyclable materials in their vehicle, and will then be directed to the appropriate location on-site where their material can be deposited. Prior to exiting the site, residents can visit the Reuse Area.

A number of passive and active strategies have been implemented to reduce water and electricity consumption at the facility, including low-flow plumbing fixtures and lighting systems designed to turn off when daylight is available or when spaces are unoccupied.

A private storm water management facility will be on the Kennedale Eco Station site to provide both water quality and rate control, which will be designed as a constructed wetland. The linear bio-swale along the southern edge of the drive aisle provides a functional drainage swale as well as visual interests for patrons entering into the paid premises.

“I think people will be impressed with the design of the site. A lot of thought was given to ensuring it’s both efficient and appealing. Oftentimes there are long lines at eco stations, but we’re optimistic the site plan will move traffic more efficiently. The good news is, if you are stuck waiting, you have lots of interesting things to look at.”

The eco station also has dedicated space for future art installations, accommodating the city’s policy for 1% art.

The Kennedale Eco Station was designed by DIALOG’s interdisciplinary team of architects, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and landscape architects. The project is targeting LEED® Silver.

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