The Town of Strathmore recognized the efforts of Colin and Bonnie Huxted and their family, with a road named in their honour.
On March 6, at the regular meeting of council, Slater Way was renamed Huxted Way. Councillor Bob Sobol said, “It is evident that the town of Strathmore has been good to the Huxted family, in particular in regards to the Huxted waste disposal and recycle, formally H & H Huxted Ltd. This company, prior to selling to Waste Management, held a waste disposal contract with the town for 25 years. As well they took over operations of the town’s recycle yard on contract in 2014,” he said.
“Colin Huxted clearly believed that a successful business philosophy included being involved in the community and he insured that this was one of his company’s priorities,” he said.
Sobol explained that in 1993, Huxted approached the town about applying for a grant to begin the recycle yard.
He explained that a council decision in 2013, resulted in a privatization of the recycle yard.
Sobol said that the facility is considered one of the best in the region.
“In 2016, council approved the three-year pilot project that led to the creation of the three-acre Class 1 composting site. Once again this was precipitated by Colin Huxted and his desire to reduce landfill use, and as well as to create a program that turns waste into a usable product. That being compost,” said Sobol.
In 2016, Huxted reached out to local schools with an invitation for Grade 4 students to visit the recycle yard and compost facility.
The councillor spoke to the importance of Huxted’s composting program, which allowed for the town to develop it’s own curbside composting program.
“This program is deemed to be a success and is diverting almost half of this towns waste from the landfill into usable compost. The savings in both transportation and tipping costs for the town have been substantial,” he said.
The councillor also presented a list of 44 non-profit organizations that the Huxted family has contributed to.
“It’s apparent that Colin Huxted, the Huxted family and Huxted Waste Management and Recycle have contributed much to our community,” said Sobol.
Naming a road after him, is a way for the town to express their appreciation of everything he and his family have done for the community.
Sobol said the companies that reside on Slater Way are Waste Management and Epcor.
“This road has clearly become Huxted’s road and for good reason. Making this official with the name of Huxted simply seems appropriate,” he said.