_WDP2856Starting April 4, 2016, garbage collection changes to a bi-weekly schedule. This means while compostables and recycling will still be collected each week, garbage will be collected every two weeks.

The goal is to stop recyclables and compostables from going into the landfill. This will help meet our diversion target of 65% by 2017, extend the life of our landfill, and reduce harmful methane emissions from the landfill.

Our 2015 waste audit showed our diversion rate (the percentage of waste recycled or composted rather than sent to the landfill) at only 55%. Switching to bi-weekly pickup of garbage and still picking up compostables and recyclables every week will reduce the amount of compostables and recyclables currently going to the landfill, helping us meet our target.

Bi-weekly pickup has been an effective way for many neighbouring municipalities to reduce the amount of recyclables and compostables going to the landfill. Our 2015 waste audit showed that approximately two thirds of households were already putting out only one can each week, so that the switch should be easily manageable for the majority of residents.

The New Schedule

Starting April 4, 2016, residents will be able to put out two 80 liter bins of garbage weighing no more than 20 kilograms each every two weeks, instead of every week. The bin size and weight will not change, so residents shouldn’t need to purchase new bins.

Compostables and recyclables will still be picked up in unlimited amounts each week.

Q&A

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Many municipalities have made a similar switch, and their experience shows an increase in residents sorting out compostables and recycling, helping to improve diversion. These municipalities include:

 

Municipality

Size of Container (litres)

Bi-weekly Container Limit (#)

City of Abbotsford

80

3

City of Langley

80

2

City of Nanaimo

80

1

City of North Vancouver

77

2

City of West Vancouver

77

2

Pitt Meadows

120

1

White Rock

110

2

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Switching to bi-weekly pickup for garbage won’t reduce the total amount of waste we collect. Many neighbouring municipalities have made a similar switch, and their experience shows an increase in residents sorting out compostables and recycling, helping to improve diversion. This means we will still collect the same total weight, just in different streams.

Overall, we collect approximately 8,600 Tonnes of waste each year. The three charts below show our projections for the difference in waste before and after the change.

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We will provide free extra garbage bag stickers to families with two or more children under three in their residence upon request.

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We will provide free extra garbage bag stickers to residents with unavoidable extra garbage due to a medical condition, if provided with written confirmation of the medical condition.[/toggle]

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Fees are not being reduced, as the overall amount of waste collected will be the same; however, more will be in the form of recycables and compostables instead of garbage. The change is a shift to improved sorting of recyclables and compostables rather than picking up less waste overall.

We do project some savings thanks to improvements in collection efficiencies, disposal costs and landfill space conservation. Implementing bi-weekly garbage collection will allow the District to determine the actual cost savings prior to the next contract procurement process for curbside collection and landfill operation.[/toggle]

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Food waste tends to generate the majority of smells and attract animals and pests. Food waste can be included in the Rot Pot or an 80-litre compost bin, which is still picked up weekly.

Properly sorted, garbage should contain minimal food waste, so very little, if any additional odour will be generated because of the change. Other municipalities have found that weekly compostable pickup has actually reduced the number of conflicts with wildlife.[/toggle]

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Suites that are registered with the District already pay extra utility fees for waste collection. Registered suites have the same garbage limit as any single-family household.

With the change, registered suites will receive collection of two 80-litre bins of garbage every two weeks and recyclable and compostable collection every week.[/toggle]

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In 2011, the District provided one Rot Pot to every curbside residence in Mission. One Rot Pot should be adequate for containing one week’s food waste. Additionally, residents can place food waste into their 80-litre yard waste bin with a closing lid and an orange sticker. Orange stickers are available at Municipal Hall, Public Works, and the Leisure Centre.

Replacement Rot Pots and Rot Pots for new residents are offered free of charge to residents through Public Works.

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These services are staying weekly to encourage separation of compostables and recyclables from garbage and addressing wastes that could present an odour issue. The experience of many other municipalities shows that weekly collection of recyclables and compostables results in higher diversion from the landfill.[/toggle]

 

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