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West Vancouver moves to bi-weekly garbage pickup
Warning: If you live in West Vancouver, stop leaving your trash out on the curb every week. Starting this spring, garbage will only be picked up twice a month.
Recycling, Green Cans and yard trimmings, however, will still be emptied once a week.
These changes are part of an effort to reach the municipality’s target of diverting 70 per cent of garbage from landfills and incinerators by 2015.
By not picking up garbage as often, district council hopes West Van residents will think twice about what can be recycled.
Even though the blue box recycling system for newspapers, papers and containers has been successful, said district staff, the amount of trash saved from the landfill plateaued at 58 per cent several years ago.
Their new focus is the newly launched Green Can program, which allows food scraps and food-soiled paper to be left on the curb for composting.
Since most household garbage can be composted, council hopes to soon see less trash bags left out.
But recycling isn’t unlimited. The district currently has no limit on how much yard trimmings can be left out for pick-up, but starting this spring only five containers and one Green Can per week can be left out.
West Vancouver will be joining Surrey, Port Moody, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, communities that already pick up garbage bi-weekly.
“By continuing to adjust service levels for garbage collection, West Vancouver will lead the North Shore in meeting our regional waste diversion targets of 70 per cent by 2015,” said Mayor Michael Smith, “and remain one of the most cost efficient and cost-effective garbage services in the region.”