Why did the City of Coquitlam change our solid waste system?
Our previous solid waste collection contract expired on June 30, 2014 and this provided a good opportunity to look for new solutions that offer environmental and financial benefits. We know this was a significant transition, but the benefits are a less-expensive, more efficient and environmentally-friendly system.
What is an automated system?
Automated waste collection is a system where the trucks have automated arms on the side of the truck. These automated arms pick up your cart and tip the contents into the truck. Coquitlam’s system is quite similar to collection systems used in other municipalities.
Why the move to a bi-weekly garbage collection system?
Bi-weekly garbage collection will help 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!
We hope that bi-weekly garbage pick up will provide a strong incentive for residents to recycle their food scraps, food soiled paper products, and yard trimmings in their Green Can carts – which will be picked up weekly.
Furthermore, under the Metro Vancouver Solid Waste Management Plan, organics, including food scraps, are now banned from the garbage stream (i.e. food scraps are banned from the landfill).
Many other municipalities in the region are also switching to every other week collection, referred to as bi-weekly collection, for the above reasons.
Why the move to automated, cart-based collection?
Automated collection is more efficient, environmentally-friendly and economical than manual collection. In addition, the provision of standardized carts to all residents will improve curbside aesthetics by presenting a cleaner, uniform appearance and will provide less opportunity for windblown debris and litter at the curbside. Every resident will receive a Garbage Cart and a Green Cart. The Green Cart will have wildlife-resistant hardware installed to help to prevent wildlife access and encourage residents to use the Green Cart for their food scraps.
Is this system better for the environment?
Yes. Using our Green Carts more frequently means more material is getting re-purposed and less solid waste is ending up in our landfills, which is better for the environment.
Additionally, the new automated trucks serve more homes in a day – which means fewer trucks on the road and less air emissions. Additionally, these trucks will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas instead of diesel, which will reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs).
Who Collects the Garbage and Green Cans?
Progressive Waste Solutions began providing services to the City as the new collection contractor as of July 1, 2014.
Will other services remain the same, such as the City recycling depots, and Wastech yard trimmings drop off?
Yes, the two City-owned recycling depots (the Town Centre Park and Mariner Depots) and yard trimmings drop off facility at 995 United Boulevard will all continue to provide these recycling services.
Will I still receive the Large Item Pick Up service (LIPU)?
Yes, residents of Single Family Dwellings will continue to be entitled to call for up to four LIPU items per year.
I have a legal secondary suite – do I pay extra utility for my garbage & recycling? Can I get two Garbage Carts?
No. Single family dwellings with secondary suites pay an additional utility for water and sewer but are not charged extra for garbage & recycling. Each single family dwelling automatically receives a 240L Green Cart and a 240L Garbage Cart. You have the option to increase the size of both carts to 360L. There is no additional utility charge for increasing the size of the Green Cart, but approximately $120 will be added to your annual utility bill for increasing the size of the Garbage Cart. A $50 exchange and administrative fee applies to all Green and Garbage Cart size exchanges. Residents may not purchase additional Garbage Carts. Additional Green Carts are available for a one-time acquisition fee of $140-$160, depending on the size ordered. There is no additional annual utility charge for extra Green Carts.