Coquitlam cuts large-item and unlimited yard waste pickup

Unlimited yard waste pickup was to start in April; cuts to pickup service due to COVID-19

Large-item pickup and unlimited seasonal yard trimming collection has been temporarily suspended in Coquitlam to limit workers' exposure to COVID-19.

The city said in a press release last week that regular bi-weekly garbage and weekly green cart collection will continue as scheduled.

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“The city appreciates the inconvenience these modifications may cause for some residents,” the statement said. “But we need to consider the health and safety of our collection crews so that we can continue to offer our regular garbage and green cart curbside collection.”

The city said it had been informed of the changes by its contractors, Waste Connections of Canada, last week. 

The restrictions mean that residents will be unable to put large items like mattresses, furniture and appliances out for collection by appointment. The unlimited yard spring yard trimming collection, which usually happens in the spring and was scheduled to start April 6, will also be unavailable.

In the meantime, residents can take material to the Coquitlam Transfer Station (1200 United Blvd.), which remains open at this time.

For waste collection schedules go to www.coquitlam.ca/recollect. For up-to-date COVID-19 information, go to www.coquitlam.ca/covid19, email covid19@coquitlam.ca or call 604-927-4383.

Meanwhile, Port Coquitlam is launching year-round weekly green cart pickup earlier than planned, as more people spend time cleaning up their yards durign the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The measures were outlined in the city's draft 2020 budget to improve service for food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings. Previously, weekly green cart collection only occurred between May and November in Port Coquitlam. For more municipal waste collection information in PoCo go to www.portcoquitlam.ca/waste

Meanwhile, Port Moody has said they will not be making any chanages to their waste collection system. 

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