Surrey launches new waste program

Homes receiving bins for collecting kitchen food waste

Surrey will begin distributing new organic waste containers for an new pickup program starting Oct. 1.

Large garbage containers are being dropped off to Surrey homes beginning Monday, as the city prepares to launch its new waste collection system this fall.

Three garbage bins will be dropped off at each home, one for garbage, another for organics and one for recycling.

The city will be delivering 5,000 per day, until all 100,000 homes are stocked.

Surrey residents are being asked to pull the bins away from the curb to their home for now. The new garbage collection system won’t begin until Oct. 1, but the city is beginning a marketing blitz to educate people about how it works.

Starting in the fall, Surrey will start picking up food waste and other organics separately. A smaller container will be provided to each home for people to separate their food scraps in the kitchen before taking them to the bin.

Organics include food waste, such as fruits and vegetables, meat (including bones), cooking oil and breads, as well as food soiled paper, like tea bags, napkins, paper towels and pizza boxes and yard waste including yard clippings, leaves, plants and small trimmings.

The organics will be picked up every week.

Because the other loads will be smaller as a result, Surrey will be collecting garbage and recycling every two weeks.

The new pickup schedule is part of a Metro Vancouver initiative to cut in half the amount of waste heading to landfills.

More information will be available at the city’s website at www.surrey.ca/rethinkwaste or by calling the Waste Collection Hotline at 604-590-7289.

 

 

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