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Oct 16, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Reminds Residents to Separate Their Waste

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, October 16, 2017 – Coquitlam residents who receive the City’s curbside collection service are reminded to separate their waste properly to ensure their garbage, green waste and recycling are collected and to avoid a potential $150 fine under the City’s Solid Waste Bylaw No. 46​79.

Residents are reminded that their Green Cart is for kitchen scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings and the blue recycling box and yellow bag are for mixed containers, cardboard and paper. The Garbage Cart should only be used for non-hazardous waste that cannot be composted or recycled. Any recyclables that are not accepted in the curbside collection program should be taken to appropriate depots and recycling centres.

The Green Cart program is intended to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by directing organic materials to a processor for composting. Under the agreement with the City's compost processor, the City may be charged additional fees for Green Cart loads that contain contamination. Common contamination culprits in the Green Cart comprise Styrofoam take-out food containers, animal waste and plastic bags, including those labelled as compostable or biodegradable.

There are a number of tools and enhanced services available to residents to help make separating and disposing of waste as easy as possible including:

  • ReCollect App and Waste Wizard – this tool is available online at www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection or as a downloadable app. It reminds residents of their collection days and provides other useful information such as where to recycle specific household waste (e.g. paint, oil, batteries, plastics, etc.).
  • Large Item Pick Up – residents who receive City waste collection services can have up to four large items collected curbside each year. www.coquitlam.ca/lipu
  • Town Centre Recycling Depot – located on Trevor Wingrove Way, west of Pipeline Road. The City’s depot accepts blue box curbside collection items, books and clean, white Styrofoam.​www.coquitlam.ca/recycling
  • Coquitlam Transfer Station (1200 United Boulevard) Coquitlam residents can take yard trimmings for free all year. Also accepts many recyclables for free and garbage items for a fee.
  • Seasonal Unlimited Yard Trimmings – twice a year residents can put unlimited yard waste at the curbside on their collection day. The fall dates are Oct. 30 – Nov. 24, 2017. www.coquitlam.ca/yardtrimmings

For more information regarding the City’s Green Cart and Garbage Cart collection programs visit: www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection. For further information regarding curbside recycling collection please visit Recycle BC’s website https://recyclebc.ca/ or contact 1-855-875-3596.

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Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services
Engineering & Public Works
604-927-3536