What is an automated collection system?
Automated collection refers to the system where an operator activates a mechanical arm on the side of the collection vehicle to lift and empty standardized collection carts.
Why do we have a bi-weekly garbage collection system?
Bi-weekly garbage collection helps ensure that less waste ends up in our landfills. It also helps reduce the municipal cost of collection and disposal of waste, which means a reduced utility bill for residents!
Bi-weekly garbage pickup provides a strong incentive for residents to dispose of their food scraps, food-soiled paper products, and yard trimmings in their Green Carts – which is picked up weekly.
Why do we have an automated, cart-based collection system?
Automated collection is more efficient, environmentally-friendly and economical than manual collection. In addition, providing standardized carts to all residents improves curbside aesthetics by presenting a cleaner, uniform appearance and provides less opportunity for windblown debris and litter at the curbside. Having standardized carts also enabled the City to ensure consistent production values for labelling on the carts and wildlife-resistant hardware on all Green carts.
Is this system better for the environment?
Yes. Using Green Carts for the collection of food scraps as well as yard trimmings means less solid waste in our landfills, which is better for the environment.
Additionally, the automated trucks serve more homes in a day – which means fewer trucks on the road and less air emissions. These trucks are powered by Compressed Natural Gas instead of diesel, which reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs).
Who collects the Garbage and Green Carts?
Waste Connections of Canada collects the Garbage Carts and Green Carts. Service inquiries may be directed to them at 604-636-3520.
I have a legal secondary suite – do I pay extra utility fees for my garbage & recycling? Can I get additional Garbage Carts?
Single family dwellings with secondary suites pay the same amount of solid waste utility fees as dwellings without suites and receive the same level of service. Residents may choose from three cart sizes (120L, 240L or 360L) and annual utility fees are based on the size of the Garbage Cart selected. Residents may not purchase additional Garbage Carts.