May 15, 2014 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Single-Family Homes Start Receiving Their New Garbage Carts and Green Carts

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Coquitlam residents in single-family homes will soon receive their new Garbage Carts and Green Carts as part of the City’s new automated waste collection system set to launch on July 1.

Between May 15 and June 30, each single-family home will receive a Garbage Cart, Green Cart and a Kitchen Catcher (for collecting food scraps and kitchen waste). Residents will also receive the 2014/2015 Curbside Collection Calendar. 

Delivery will begin in the Monday zone in the Northeast, and proceed through the Thursday zone in the Southwest over the next six weeks.

This spring, residents had the opportunity to select the size of their carts, with the standard 240L carts as the default choice. Individuals who requested carts other than the standard 240L size before the April 25 deadline for cart selection will receive their carts at the same time as their neighbours.

Everyone is encouraged to try the carts for a few months to see if the size meets their needs. Residents can exchange their carts – offered in 120L, 240L and 360L sizes – at no acquisition cost, until December 31, 2014. (However, utility fees will vary according to the size of the Garbage Cart.)

Although the new carts will be delivered over the next six weeks, the new waste collection system does not start until July 1. Until July, residents should continue to use their current garbage bins and to put out their garbage and recycling on their standard pick-up dates. 

As outlined in the Curbside Collection Calendar, Garbage Carts will be picked up every two weeks and Green Carts and recycling will be picked up weekly.

More information, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available at www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk or by calling Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.


For more information, media may contact:
Tracy Kyle, P. Eng.
A/Manager, Environmental Services Division