RDN says rollout of new waste carts going well

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Waste collection via the new compost, garbage and recycling carts began on Gabriola and in other areas of the Regional District of Nanaimo in early October, and “overall, the rollout has gone really well,” said Larry Gardner, the RDN’s manager of solid waste services.

Gardner reminded residents to keep one metre (three feet) between carts and to check for any overhead obstructions that could impede the 15-foot tall collection trucks.

“So far, appropriate cart placement seems to be a bigger challenge for residents of Gabriola as compared to other areas of the RDN,” he said. ”It would really help if people make a mental note of where the drivers leave the carts after collection. This is where they should be placed for future collection days. Drivers have been getting out of the trucks to re-orient or move carts for pickup.”

That courtesy ceased at the end of October. Going forward, any carts that can’t be accessed will not be emptied. Sharing a positive anecdote, Gardner said he’s heard of residents across the RDN who have passed by homes and adjusted carts if they are not oriented properly.

“It puts a smile on my face that there are people in our community that take that extra effort for the common good,” he said.

Truck access is more challenging in some areas and as such some residents may have to bring their carts further away from their driveways to ensure pickup.

For those who still need to dispose of their old containers, Gardner said empty, relatively clean bins can be brought to the landfill or transfer station at no charge. These will be shipped to Merlin Plastics in Richmond for recycling. A pickup service for unwanted bins is in the works for November and December.

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder