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City hopes new garbage system doesn't send old cans to landfill

Nov 17 2012

When Victoria rolls out its new garbage totes early in the new year, it's hoping 12,000 old garbage cans don't end up in the trash.

As part of its move to divert kitchen scraps from the waste stream, the city is supplying homeowners with wheeled totes for garbage and food waste, making the old cans redundant.

"We are going to be diverting food scraps from the landfill, which is excellent, but I wonder if there is anything we can do to divert 11,496 old garbage cans from the landfill," said Coun. Lisa Helps while reviewing a report on the program.

She wondered whether the city might sponsor a drop off at the public works yard.

"I think we need to offer one or two days where people can do something with their old garbage can," Helps said.

The hope is that people reuse the cans, said Ed Robertson, the city's assistant director of engineering. Plans are to encourage people to use the old cans, perhaps as storage for children's toys or to hold emergency supplies.

Ellice Recycle will also recycle both plastic and metal cans.

Coun. Ben Isitt said several types of businesses, including landscapers, use the cans. He suggested the city work with community groups to sponsor opportunities for exchanges.

Under the new system, residents will sort compostable kitchen material - including meat, bones, grains, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, fruits and soiled paper products - from garbage.

The program is intended to divert compostable material from Hartland landfill.

All customers will receive a 120-litre green bin for kitchen waste, a small container for transferring scraps and the choice of a 80, 120 or 180 L garbage bin.

People with the 120-litre tote will pay $183 a year for collection, while the small tote will be $168 and the large $204.

Thanks to a Capital Regional District rebate for separating kitchen waste from garbage, the new service is less than the old garbage-only service, estimated to cost $211 annually.

The city will begin distribut-ng the new totes in January.

Residents will have an opportunity to switch sizes within the first month of the service, which begins Feb. 4.

bcleverley@timescolonist.com

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