Starting September 4, the District will roll out changes to its curbside garbage collection services. Earlier this year, Council selected Waste Management of Canada (https://www.wm.com/ca/en/mybusiness) to provide these services on behalf of the District, allowing existing Public Works staff to focus on the other core services provided throughout the municipality.
All household garbage will now be collected from a standard 242L bear-resistant cart. Although the collection date may be changed for some households, garbage will continue to be picked up on a weekly schedule.
An updated collection schedule/information brochure, detailing how to separate household waste from recycling and how to unlock your cart, will be delivered with your cart as well. Each cart has a serial number which is tied to the house address and the cost of replacing a cart which is lost or damaged will be the cost of the cart plus 15%, currently $210.91.
When storing your garbage container, residents will need to ensure that their cart is in a secure and safe location as to prevent bears and other wildlife from removing or damaging the cart from private property. This can be done by storing the cart indoors in a secure location between collection days during bear season (April to November). In the rare case that they cannot be kept inside a building, both clips must be locked, and the cart may need to be chained to a secure anchor point such as a strong railing or post, so the bear cannot drag the cart away.
As always, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to prevent dangerous wildlife from access unnatural food on their property.
Households that wish to request a smaller 120L garbage cart, in lieu of the larger 242L cart may contact the District Public Works Office at 250.425.7760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a one-time option to exchange for a smaller cart at no cost.
All accepted recyclable material will continue to be accepted at the Yellow Bin Recycling System currently managed by the Regional District of East Kootenay. Residents must pre-sort their recyclables prior to depositing into these yellow bins.