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Coquitlam Single-Family Homes Asked to Review Garbage Cart Selection Information

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Coquitlam residents in single-family homes are asked to check their doorsteps for important information regarding the selection of carts for the new solid waste system. No response is required for those households who opt for the standard cart size.

An envelope containing an information brochure, cart selection card and postage paid envelope will be delivered to single-family homes with the Friday April 4 edition of the Tri-City News.

Under the new, automated system, all single-family homes in Coquitlam will receive one 240L garbage cart and one 240L Green Can cart. The Green Can cart will come equipped with bear-resistant hardware.

The allocation of 240L carts as the standard size is based on the City’s evaluation of similar waste collection programs in other Metro Vancouver municipalities and assessment of Coquitlam’s residential garbage volumes. The recommended cart size (240L) is the equivalent of two standard 120L garbage cans, which is the size most Coquitlam residents currently use for curbside collection.

For residents who feel that the recommended 240L carts will meet their needs, no further action is required, and the two standard carts will be delivered to your home between mid-May and the end of June.

Residents wishing to upsize or downsize their carts may do so. Additional annual utility tax fees will apply for upsizing to a 360L garbage cart.

The City is encouraging everyone to try their new 240L carts for a few months, to see how the new system works. Cart exchanges will be offered at no cost until December 31, 2014. Utility fees for larger garbage carts will still apply.

Different cart sizes can be ordered before April 25th by visiting www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection, calling 604-927-3500 or returning the cart selection card provided in the information package. 

Single-family homes who did not receive the information package can find full details on the new carts and the new solid waste system, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, at www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection. Additional copies of the brochure are also available at Engineering & Public Works customer service, at City Hall (3000 Guildford Way).To assist residents in evaluating their cart size requirements, the carts will also be on display until July 1, 2014 at the following locations: 

  • Coquitlam City Hall (3000 Guildford Way)
  • City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way)
  • City Centre Library (1169 Pinetree Way)
  • Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier Street)
  • Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Court)
  • Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way)
  • Place Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Avenue)
  • Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Street)

Stay informed on the new system by signing up for Curbside Collection Schedule & Reminders to get the latest information right to your smartphone or email. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection to sign up, or search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection” – a free download in your smartphone’s app store.

Coquitlam’s new automated waste collection program goes into effect July 1, 2014.