If the new garbage collection proposal goes through

Changes coming to waste collection

Bi-weekly garbage and recycling collection to begin in the spring.

Castlegar city council has awarded a garbage and recycling collection contract to Waste Management for a term of seven years. The company has held the city’s garbage contract for a number of years.

The contract marks the beginning of changes to the city’s waste collection system. The new system is scheduled to roll out in April and will see a switch to bi-weekly garbage collection. The city will be purchasing bear resistant carts that will be issued to residents. The funding for the carts will come from the Gas Tax Reserve Fund. The standard size for the wheeled carts will be 64 gallons, but residents can request a smaller one if they find it too large for their needs. Arrangements can also be made to purchase an extra cart if residents find the 64 gallon one is not large enough for them.

Recycling collection will remain bi-weekly. The change will be that it will now be a dual stream system meaning that the recycling is separated by the home owner into two separate blue boxes that will also be supplied by the city. Glass will no longer be collected, but a centralized collection bin will be set up.

There will be no change to yard waste collection, curbside collection will occur twice annually and the drop off location behind the Castlegar Complex will remain in operation. In addition council will be considering subsidizing compost containers during the 2016 budget process.

A substantial communication and education program will be undertaken to help residents understand how to handle waste within a bi-weekly collection program and how the recycling changes will affect them.

Just Posted

BC senior championship: Tie breakers to decide men’s, Richter goes undefeated in women’s

Marilou’s Richter’s Penticton/Kamloops team cruises to final with perfect record.

Firefighters extinguish early-morning blaze in Rossland

Neighbour alerted family of four, no injuries reported

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read