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Metro Vancouver just launched a free new iPhone app to help people keep resources out of their trash.  Check out weRecycle on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/werecycle/id502866356?mt=8

With weRecycle all you have to do is enter a material and hit search.  You’ll get a list of the closest donation and recycling facilities and a Google map that uses your iPhone’s current location.  Or you can enter another location like your home address.

I’m hoping you agree that weRecycle will help the region’s residents find convenient locations to donate and recycle unwanted materials, and that you’ll be kind enough to tell your social networks about it.

It’s fast, it’s free, it’ll move us closer to zero waste and we think it’s pretty awesome.

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In addition to the residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City is also collecting clean green (ie. yard trimmings) on a bi-weekly basis during the months of May through to mid December. 

The collection day corresponds with your usual garbage and recycling collection day. Containment of your greens can be any of the methods listed below and must not exceed 45 lbs in weight:
 


*Yard Trimming Labels are available at Engineering Operations, City Hall or the Recycling Depot

NOTE: PLASTIC BAGS (OF ANY TYPE) CONTAINING CLEAN GREENS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED

Reminder, you can also recycle your clean greens by utilizing the Recycling Depot or by backyard composting.
 
Current City Bylaws prohibit outdoor burning at any time.

For more information or comments, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 or e-mail // Engineering Operations.

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The City of New Westminster is now selling limited quantities of rain barrels and backyard composters in an effort to promote water conservation and composting at home. Available to New Westminster residents only, these items will be sold at a subsidized rate on a first come, first serve basis.

Rain Barrels
You can do your part to conserve our region’s drinking water by storing rain water to use for your plants and gardens. Did you know that lawn and garden watering accounts for the largest portion of residential water use in the summer? Consider playing a part in water conservation by purchasing a 75 gallon rain barrel at the subsidized price of $75.00 (includes tax).

Backyard Composters


Studies show that more than 40% of what we send to landfills is organic waste (eg. garden refuse, leaves, vegetable scraps, etc.), some of which can be composted at home. Participation in home composting reduces the amount of waste trucks on the road, reduces the amount of methane gas (a very potent greenhouse gas) generated from the landfills and provides a rich compost (the end product) which is an excellent nutrient-rich material to add to your garden. An 80 gallon backyard composter can be purchased at the subsidized price of $30.00 (includes tax).

Worm Composting & Workshop InfoNOW FULL


For residents who wish to compost but don’t have a backyard, worm composting may be the solution for you. Included is a one-hour instructional workshop (required before purchase) and a worm compost kit (containing a bin, tray, lid, worms, garden fork, bedding and guidebook), all for the subsidized price of $35.00 (includes tax).

*The April 24th workshop is now full. Stay tuned for future workshop dates. If you would like to add your name to a waiting list for the April 24th session, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.

For more information or to confirm availability, please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691. Payment methods at time of purchase can be cash or cheque.

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The City of New Westminster will soon be introducing automated collection of garbage and Clean Green waste for single-family residential customers. See below for details, or read our Frequently Asked Questions.

In April 2009, City Council approved a recommendation from staff to transition to automated waste collection, and authorized the purchase of new automated waste collection trucks. Since then, Engineering Operations staff have been busy putting things into place to make the new program a reality.

New Trucks on Order
Three new automated collection trucks have been ordered. The trucks are manufactured to order, and are expected to be delivered by about March 2010. These trucks will be used to collect garbage and Clean Green materials. Now that we know when the trucks will be ready, the rest of the plan to move to automated collection can begin.

The new trucks use a mechanical arm to do the heavy lifting. The arm works with specially designed carts that will be provided by the City to all single-family residential customers.

Collection Carts
Based on the feedback we got from residents during the public consultation phase in March, there is a preference for either the 120 L or 180 L carts for garbage. Almost everyone preferred the 180L cart for Clean Green. The Eco-size (120 L) holds the equivalent of about two large garbage bags, and the Standard (180 L) holds about three large garbage bags. To simplify the ordering process, and to reduce cart costs, all Clean Green carts will be 180 L. The majority of garbage carts will be 180 L as well, although residents will have an opportunity to request a change in size at the start of the program. The City will ensure that spare carts in the 120 L, 180L and 240 L sizes are available to accommodate this.

The cost of the carts will be spread over an extended period of time, to minimize the impact on utility rates.

Food Waste Collection on the Horizon
You may have heard that Metro Vancouver is planning to develop a composting facility that would be able to compost both Clean Green and food waste like meat, bones, vegetable scraps, and other kitchen waste that cannot be composted in your backyard. This is a big part of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge , which is lays out Metro Vancouver’s commitment to increasing the amount of waste that is diverted from landfills.

The switch to automated collection and year-round Clean Green collection means that the City will be ready to participate in the new composting program, once the processing facility is up and running. We will be keeping a close eye on the progress of the facility, to determine whether to include food waste pick-up with Clean Green when the automated program is launched in spring 2010. Stay tuned and check back often for updates on this exciting topic!

Need more information?
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the program, please email us at automatedwastecollection@newwestcity.ca for more information.

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NEW! Clean Green Collection Program for 2009

In addition to the residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City is also collecting clean green (ie. yard trimmings) on a weekly basis during the months of May through to October.  The collection day corresponds with your usual garbage and recycling collection day. Containment of your greens can be any of the methods listed below and must not exceed 45 lbs in weight:
 


*Yard Trimming Labels are available at Engineering Operations, City Hall or the Recycling Depot

NOTE: PLASTIC BAGS (OF ANY TYPE) CONTAINING CLEAN GREENS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED

Reminder, you can also recycle your clean greens by utilizing the Recycling Depot or by backyard composting.
 
“Leaf it To The City”

Each fall, the Engineering Operations Division collects leaves from local residents for composting in an effort to keep the street drains clear from debris.

Leaves will be collected from the curb or lane on your respective collection day during the weeks specified below. For containment of your leaves, please use labeled garbage cans or kraft paper yard bags only.

NOTE: PLASTIC BAGS (OF ANY TYPE) CONTAINING CLEAN GREENS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED

2009 leaf collection dates:

November 16 to November 20
December 14 to December 18

Current City Bylaws prohibit outdoor burning at any time.

For more information or comments, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691
or e-mail // Engineering Operations.

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The Recycling Depot is located at Sixth Ave. & McBride Blvd., adjacent to the Canada Games Pool, and is available for use by all New Westminster residents.

Hours of Operation:
 

Wednesday through to Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Phone: 604-968-4208

The Depot Accepts:

  • tin and aluminum cans
  • code 1 through 5 plastics
  • glass (separated by colour)
  • mixed paper
  • newspaper
  • corrugated cardboard
  • clean green (yard) waste
  • used motor oil and filters
  • car batteries
  • metal items (including hot water tanks, microwaves, barbeques, refrigerators, empty propane tanks and other appliances)
  • paint
  • soft plastics (plastic bags)
  • household batteries (new!)

The Depot Does NOT Accept:

  • tree stumps
  • rocks and dirt
  • garbage
  • mattresses, boxsprings
  • televisions, computers and computer accessories*
  • hazardous materials (except paint)
  • textiles (clothing)
  • styrofoam
  • beverage containers and milk carton**
  • stereos
  • construction waste (gyproc, concrete, lumber, asphalt)

Commercial vehicles are NOT permitted to deposit material at the City’s Depot

* Can be recycled at the Salvation Army at 774 Columbia Street (rear entrance)

** Can be returned to Encorp Pacific (Canada). For enquiries call 604-473-2400
Please Note:

The Depot now accepts rechargeable and non-rechargeable household batteries. Recycling your household batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and allows for safe separation and recovery of materials for re-use!

Or if you wish to dispose of only the rechargeable battery types (e.g. nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion), “The Source” by Circuit City, London Drugs and Best Buy in New Westminster recycle them for free.

Unfortunately the Depot no longer accepts computers or computer accessories as part of their recyclables at this time, however, you can continue to recycle computers and/or computer accessories through the Salvation Army (Encorp Program) at 774 Columbia Street.

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Garbage Pick up

The City collects garbage and recycling each week for approximately 7,500 households.  There are limits and restrictions on items collected at the curb or lane for garbage, recycling and clean green.
 

Residential Garbage Collection

  • Receptacles should be placed at the lane or curb by 7:30 am on collection day.
  • Only 2 (two) standard bags/cans will be collected from single family dwellings.
  • For homes that contain a registered suite, a maximum of four standard receptacles will be collected each week.
  • City Garbage Bylaw defines receptacle as a watertight can or plastic bag with a capacity of two and one half cubic feet (75 liters or 15.6 gallons) and must not exceed 23 Kg or 50 lbs in weight.
  • Each additional standard receptacle should be tagged in order to have it collected on garbage collection day.
  • Tags for extra items may be purchased from City Hall or the Community Centres.

Commercial Garbage Collection

The City offers a garbage collection service to businesses.  For more information on garbage collection options and fees, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691
Special Pick Up (SPU) Service

For larger items requiring disposal, the City may be able to offer a Special Pick Up (SPU) where the item(s) will be picked up from the curb for a fee.  Special pick up requests are initiated by the resident by calling Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.  A quotation is placed in the resident’s mailbox and prior to collection, the service must be paid at City Hall, Finance Dept.

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