Curbside organic collection coming to North Cowichan

Curbside pick-up of meat waste and other organic garbage starts this year in North Cowichan. Mayor Jon Lefebure explained the municipality’s $310,000 kitchen-waste collection program could save taxpayers some $30,000 a year in regional trash-tipping fees.

North Cow’s program will twin Duncan’s current collection and recycling kitchen wastes that could smell, and attract rodents.

Organics include bones, meat refuse and other greasy trash now being collected as regional garbage, then shipped to a Washington State dump. Works crews’ home delivery of green bins and kitchen-catchers — plus the start date and routes — are pending, he said.

Organics will be turned into compost at a Nanaimo plant. Program costs include $153,000 from council’s pollution reserve fund, and an annual hike in garbage and recycling fees to $118 from $114 for five years.

“It’s an investment that’ll start paying off immediately because we’ll start getting that annual tipping-fee reduction,” said Lefebure.


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