How will the curbside collection program change?
The major change is adopting a cart-based, automatic collection system, where residents are provided with three carts; one each for garbage, recycling and compostables. These carts are wheeled to the curb on collection day and automated trucks will pick-up and dump the contents. The new program will provide a more efficient delivery of services, improve worker health and safety, and allow for the possibility of additional services for residents.
Why are we changing the program?
The City’s goal is to provide efficient and cost-effective services to residents. The City reviews all its programs and services regularly and adjusts them periodically to ensure we are using the latest and most efficient technology, providing value for service, and meeting our goal to be an inclusive and sustainable community.
We understand that we need to provide similar services to our neighbouring municipalities and ensure our waste is managed efficiently, creating the least amount of impact on the environment as possible. The new program will allow the City to replace our aging collection vehicles and decrease our fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions. An automated collection process will cut down on collection worker injuries and keep our city streets cleaner. We will be able to provide a more efficient and cost-effective processing of our recyclables by evaluating and streamlining the processes at the AMRD, in addition to possibly providing a new glass and large item pick-up service to residents.
When will the program change?
How will I know about the program changes?
Will I have to pay more for these changes?
Will the City be providing the new carts?
How much will each cart hold and how big will they be?
staff are working out the details for cart sizes and options. Information will be shared with residents
when it becomes available.
Will my collection day change?
What if I have more recycling or compostable waste than will fit in the cart?
Will a second set of carts be provided for basement suites or coach houses?
Under the current curbside collection program, the Suite Registration Fee and the annual Infrastructure Fee paid for secondary suites under the City’s Building Bylaw does not include additional curbside collection services for the suite. However, staff are working out the details for cart sizes and options, including how they may be applied to secondary suites. Information will be shared with residents when it becomes available.
Will there be changes to the yard waste coupon program?
Will I still be able to use blue bags for my recycling under the new program?
Will I still be able to use garbage bags for my garbage under the new program?
Will there be changes to what can go in the recycling, compostable waste and garbage cart?
What should I do with my existing garbage cans and compostable waste containers?
Will glass be collected with the new program?
What other pick-up services are being added to the program?
What other municipalities have automated collection for curbside materials?
Will apartments, condos, and townhouses be included in the new program?