Port Alberni residents are now placing their new green organics carts curbside with the Sort'nGo Organics collection service underway in Port Alberni!
Sort'nGo Organics: Diverting Waste Using Green Cart
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has introduced 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.
That means 30 to 50 percent of the waste sent to our landfill can now be diverted into nutrient rich compost - extending the lifespan of the landfill and decreasing harmful greenhouse gases.
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 $6-million grant that will fund the introduction of organics collection in the regional district. The program will be rolled out in phases:
- Phase 1: City of Port Alberni (current phase)
- Phase 2: Tofino & Ucluelet (est. Fall 2022)
- Phase 3: Alberni Valley Electoral Areas, Bamfield, First Nations and surrounding communities (consultation with community 2022)
About the Sort'nGo Organics Program
The Roadside Organics Collection service launched September 13, 2021, and 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 (please note the maximum length for branches in the cart is 24 inches, or two feet, with a two-inch diameter).
- Invasive species, such as Knotweeds or blackberry bushes, can not be included in the green cart and should be disposed of in the garbage. See a full list of invasives on the BC Government Website.
- 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 late 2021, the ACRD will engage with other communities about the introduction of an organics program beyond City boundaries.
Get sorting tips at: www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/news_feed/sort-ngo-tips-for-sorting
Visit us at our online engagement hub: letsconnectacrd.ca/organics where you can find information, videos and more. We'll also be posting regular updates as the new service rolls out.
Here's some additional resources:
- Frequently Asked Questions - Sort'nGo Organics
- Information Sheet - Sort'nGo Organics
- Welcome Package - Sort'nGo Organics
Get the app
Available for iPhone and Android, the Sort'nGo ACRD app can be downloaded from the Apple store or Google Play. Use it to:
- Check acceptable materials
- Keep track of collection schedules
- Sign up for alerts