Jun 30, 2014 Return to Headlines

It’s Time to Start Using Those Carts!

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 30, 2014 – Coquitlam’s automated waste collection system will be up and running this week, beginning Wednesday. 

Coquitlam residents in single-family homes will receive green waste and recycling collection weekly, while the Garbage Cart – which should only include non-recyclable and non-compostable materials – will be picked up every two weeks.

Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Zone system to confirm whether their first garbage collection falls in this week or next week. 

You can find your new collection zone – including whether you’re an A or a B Zone for garbage collection – and pick-up dates in the 2014/2015 Curbside Collection Calendar. Or, get your customized Curbside Collection Calendar from www.coquitlam.ca/curbsidecollection or the App Store or Google Play store. 

The new system – with its emphasis on separating waste into garbage, green waste and recycling – will help us reduce the amount of garbage we send to our landfills.

The system is also economical, efficient and better for the environment. The average resident has saved 20% on garbage fees on their 2014 utility bill. The new collection trucks are powered by compressed natural gas, which will reduce CO2 emissions. 

The City will be collecting old garbage cans in the fall. However, for residents who wish to dispose of them sooner, cans with a 1, 2, 4 or 5 recycling symbol can be taken to Wastech at 1200 United Boulevard for free.

For more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.coquitlam.ca/trashtalk or call Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.