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A week to go for Coquitlam homeowners to pick

City of Coquitlam engineering assistants Janis Boivin and Stephanie Woo show the sizes for the new garbage and green waste carts that will be delivered in May and June to homes that get curbside pickup. - JANIS warren/the tri-city newS
City of Coquitlam engineering assistants Janis Boivin and Stephanie Woo show the sizes for the new garbage and green waste carts that will be delivered in May and June to homes that get curbside pickup.
— image credit: JANIS warren/the tri-city newS

Big, standard or small?

That’s the question Coquitlam residents in single-family homes have to answer by next Friday.

The city wants homeowners who get curbside garbage pickup to choose — no later than April 25 — if they want to upsize or downsize their new garbage and green waste carts.

In the absence of a choice, the municipality will be rolling out the average-size bin: 240 litres.

Homeowners who want a 120 l cart will save around $70 a year on their utility bill starting 2015 but those who prefer to have more room for their trash can order a 360 l cart, which will add another $120 annually to their bill.

But there’s good news: There’s no extra cost to get a bigger green cart for organic waste, which includes grass clippings, yard trimmings and kitchen waste.

The new carts are part of the change-over to the city’s solid-waste contract, which starts July 2 with BFI Canada (the new recycling deal under Multi Material BC will also begin on July 2).

Under the new program, garbage will be collected at the curbside every two weeks while food waste and yard trimmings will be hauled away weekly.

The city plans to deliver the new wheeled carts to Coquitlam homes starting mid-May; residents will also receive a plastic kitchen catcher to place in their fridge or freezer.

City engineering assistant Stephanie Woo, who has been showcasing the new carts with Janis Boivin at events and high-profile sites around town, said they have received about 2,000 queries to date about the switch-over.

And they will be at the Coquitlam Centre mall on Tuesday — Earth Day — as well as the Port Moody recreation complex on May 3 for the PoMo Ecological Society's Fingerling Festival to field more questions.

The carts are also on display until July 1 at Coquitlam city hall, City Centre Aquatic Complex, City Centre library branch, Dogwood Pavilion, Glen Pine Pavilion, Pinetree community centre, Place Maillardville and Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

• For more information on the garbage cart selection, call the city’s customer service desk at 604-927-3500 or visit coquitlam.ca/trashtalk.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

 

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