With the collection of organic materials spreading to neighborhoods in the city, changes are occurring in garbage collection.
Residents who receive automated curbside garbage collection are reminded that starting May 2, organics will be picked up weekly while garbage will only be picked up every other week. And depending on where you live, your collection day may change.
For example, some residents of the Harwood/Seaton/Alexis Park areas on pickup day will change from Tuesday to Monday.
The 120 liter organic carts are currently being delivered to properties and include a kitchen scavenger and curbside waste collection guide.
“We encourage you to read this guide carefully,” said Mayor Victor Cumming. “The most important information in the guide is a color-coded map of Vernon and a calendar that shows your new waste collection schedule. This map and calendar will help you and your neighbors know when to place each of your carts at the curb. »
The waste collection guide also contains helpful tips on how to store, use and maintain the new organics cart, as well as how to place the carts at the curb.
“Collecting organics from the residential sector and diverting them from landfill adds to our community’s list of accomplishments as we implement our climate action plan,” Cumming said.
Mary Stockdale, co-chair of Vernon’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, said food scraps and organic yard waste that goes to landfill accounts for 7% of Vernon’s greenhouse gas emissions, the third-largest source. of these city broadcasts.
With the launch of the program, she said the city has done its part to reduce emissions from organic materials; now it’s the residents’ turn to use the garbage cans.
“Our community is going to be able to step up and do its part to reduce these emissions just by choosing to use these new carts to compost household organics,” Stockdale said.
The city received provincial support for the program through CleanBC, which funded up to 66% of the $1.4 million project, to the tune of approximately $937,000.
A larger 240-litre bin was also made available to residents who anticipated needing it. Just over 950 residents requested a larger bin out of 14,000 properties in the city.
An interactive and more detailed version of the color-coded map can be found on the City’s website at vernon.ca/collectionschedule. Residents can use this online tool to enter their address and find their designated collection day and time.
Residents who do not have access to a computer and need help finding their collection day can also call the operations team for assistance at 250-549-6757.