Sort'nGo Organics: Diverting Waste Using Green Cart
In Summer 2021, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) is introducing a new green cart for City of Port Alberni residents to collect organics (food and yard waste) and divert it from the landfill to a facility that can turn it into nutrient-rich compost.
Did you know - Organics make up 30 to 50 percent of the waste sent to our landfill? This uses a lot of landfill space and creates harmful greenhouse gases. By diverting organics, we can extend the life of our landfill and reduce the impact on the environment.
Funding to support upgrades to the new waste services, including the ACRD's Regional Organics Implementation Project, is eligible through the Strategic Priorities fund. In 2020, the ACRD received a six million dollar grant that will fund the introduction of organics collection in the City of Port Alberni, west coast communities, Alberni Valley electoral areas and Bamfield.
About the Sort'nGo Organics Program
The Roadside Organics Collection service is part of a wider update to waste collection which will include automatic roadside collection trucks and uniform carts for more efficient collection. New recycling and organics carts that look similar to the existing garbage cart will be provided to homes in the City of Port Alberni.
Here's what you need to know:
- All food scraps - including meat, bones, dairy and greases - will be accepted as organics in the 'green cart', along with soiled paper such as paper towels and pizza boxes. These will be picked up roadside in the same way your garbage and recycling are now.
- Yard waste will be accepted too. That means you can dispose of grass clippings, tree trimmings and garden waste at the roadside rather than hauling it to the landfill.
- Organics will be collected every week. Garbage and recycling pick up will move to every two weeks. Residents can keep track of pick-up dates, and check on how best to dispose of specific items, with the Sort'nGo ACRD app.
- In 2021, the ACRD will engage with other communities about the introduction of an organics program beyond City boundaries.
Visit us at our online engagement hub: letsconnectacrd.ca where we will be posting ongoing updates and collecting your feedback.
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