Every Other Week Garbage Collection
Starting April 2017, the City will be moving to Every Other Week Garbage Collection for residential properties that receive City curbside garbage collection.
Want to learn more about what these changes mean to your curbside collection service? Please download our brochure information.
What does this Change Mean for Residents?
Currently the City collects your garbage, green bin (food scraps + yard material) and recycling weekly. With the move to Every Other Week Garbage Collection, changes to your curbside collection program include:
- Collection of garbage every other week;
- Collection of Green Bin (Food Scraps + Yard Material) and Blue Box (recyclables) every week; and
- New Curbside Collection Zones. We've reduced Collection Zones from five to four. A copy of the new Collection Map and Collection Calendar will be included in your 2017 Curbside Collection Schedule. Please ensure you review the new Collection Zone Map, as your collection Zone may change.
Here's Why We're Making this Change
- Increased diversion of materials from the waste stream. We collect approximately 32,900 tonnes of garbage each year; much of it still contains recyclable or compostable materials that are accepted in your curbside recycling and green bin, or through a Provincial Take-Back Program. According to various studies, 40% of your garbage is food scraps and food soiled paper products. Separating these materials for weekly collection will remove the smelliest part of your garbage, and divert this material for composting. Shifting to Every Other Week Garbage Collection is part of the City's overall waste reduction strategy that will help us reach our regional goal of 80% diversion by 2020.
- Consistent collection pick up day. The new Every Other Week Garbage collection and Four Zone collection will provide residents with a more consistent collection pick up day, and reduce service disruptions due statutory holidays; and
- Enhancement of other services. Moving to four days per week collection schedule will allow the City to provide enhancement to other services such as large item collection, public space recycling, litter and abandoned waste.
Download the Every Other Week Garbage Collection information brochure.
Here's How You Can Plan for Every Other Week Garbage Collection
- Download the City's Collection App to set up weekly reminders on what to set out for your collection day;
- Review the City's Recycling Guide to make sure you are recycling everything you can;
- If you haven't already, start separating your food scraps and food-soiled paper and place them in your Green Bin; View the City's Green Bin Guide for what's accepted in your Green Bin and how to prepare it.
- Check out what items you can drop off at the City's Eco-Centre, or other recycling drop off depots.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will the new Every Other Week Collection service work?
Residents that receive City curbside collection service for garbage will transition to the new Every Other Week Garbage Collection Service starting the collection week of April 3, 2017. This means that your garbage will be picked up every two weeks, instead of weekly. Your recycling and green bin (food scraps + yard material) will be collected every week.
- Who will receive Every Other Week Garbage Collection?
- How will I know when my collection week is for garbage?
We have reduced the collection zones from five to four, and have changed the collection zone colours.
Step 1: On the new Collection Zone Map, locate your property on the map. Note what Collection Zone your property is in (e.g. Zone 1, 2, 3 or 4).
Step 2: Next note the new Collection Zone colour within that Zone (e.g. Zone 1A = Dark Pink, Zone 1B = Light Pink). This colour will tell you what day of the week your materials are collected.
Step 3: Find your matching colour on the New Collection Calendar.
If the letter 'G' appears in your Collection Zone colour = Garbage, Green Bin and Recycling is collected that week.
If the letter 'G' does not appear in your collection Zone colour = Green Bin and Recycling is collected that week, garbage will be the following week.
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- Can I up-size my Garbage Bin for a bigger one?
The City asks that residents wait until June 1, 2017 to make changes to their garbage or green bin as we transition into the new garbage collection program. During this program implementation phase, residents will have time to determine if their existing container will be sufficient for Every Other Week Garbage Collection. We encourage you to review our Recycling Guide and Green Bin Guide to ensure that you are diverting as much as you can before you make changes to the size of your garbage or green bin.
- If I want to up-size my Garbage Bin, will the exchange fee be waived?
- If I have to increase my garbage toter size won't my Annual Garbage Disposal Fee increase?
In addition to waiving the toter exchange fee, the City will maintain the Annual Garbage Disposal Fee for your existing garbage toter size up to a period of two years (until January 1, 2019). After this date, if the resident wishes to keep the larger garbage toter, the City will apply the applicable Annual Garbage Disposal Fee for that size garbage toter.
Maintaining the Garbage Disposal Fee for a period of two years until January 1, 2019 will only be applicable for exchanges where residents upsize their garbage toter by one size (e.g. 120L to 180L, 180L to 240L etc.). If a resident moves up two garbage toter sizes (e.g. 180L to 360L), the applicable Garbage Disposal Fee will be applied.
By maintaining the Annual Garbage Disposal Fee for a period of two years it provides residents with the flexibility to upsize their garbage toter at no additional costs, providing temporary financial relief should they find that it is necessary for them to upsize their garbage toter for bi-weekly garbage, and will allow residents time to adjust to increasing their diversion of materials into the green bin and recycling.
- What are the benefits of moving to collection of garbage every other week?
It will allow for an increase in diversion of materials from the waste stream, and allow the City to enhance services such as large item collection, public space recycling, litter and abandoned waste.
- What other cities are collecting garbage every other week?
In Metro Vancouver, municipalities that have already shifted to every other week garbage collection include: the City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, City of Coquitlam, City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, City of Richmond, City of Port Moody and City of Port Coquitlam.
- Will collection of garbage every other week not result in increased rodents and odours?
Diverting your food scraps and food soiled-paper products, along with your yard material, in your Green Bin, which will continue to be collected weekly, will remove the most odorous part of your garbage. Residents who use their Green Bin have less garbage, and decreased garbage odours, even when garbage is collected every other week. To reduce attractants, such as rodents, visit our Green Bin guidelines to get tips on how to prepare your food scraps for collection.
- What happens on statutory holidays, will I miss collection that week?
No. With the new four zone floating collection schedule, you will no longer miss collection weeks when there are statutory holidays. Your collection day will just move ahead a day for that week, then go back to your regular collection day the following week.
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