Keep Personal Documents Out of Blue Bags

May 17, 2017

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Aquatera Utilities is reminding residents to keep personal documents out of their recycling bags.

Aquatera has received information about an unknown individual collecting residents blue bags set out for curbside collection in the Poplar area.

“This person is not employed by Aquatera, Green For Life (GFL) or Prairie Disposal, who we contract our curbside collection services to,” says Sarah Kaut, Assistant Landfill Manager at Aquatera.

At this time, it is unknown what the reason is for someone to be looking through the blue bags, and it is not confirmed that they were looking for personal documents.

“It could be as simple as somebody wanting to take any refundable items out of the bags,” Kaut says. “To eliminate the risk of identity fraud, we encourage all residents to ensure their personal documents are shredded prior to placing them in blue bags and to keep deposit items out altogether.”

Any person caught taking or rummaging through waste containers or bags placed out for collection can be issued a fine under the Utility Bylaw. Residents are asked to contact Enforcement Services immediately if they witness activity of this kind.


Aquatera Utilities Inc. is the Grande Prairie region’s provider of water, wastewater and solid waste services. Its core purposes is helping grow healthy communities and aims to have the best people providing the best service for the best value. For more information:

Chelsea Lewis
Communications and Change Manager
Aquatera Utilities Inc.
P: 587.297.0692