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Automated waste collectors coming to electoral residents Sept. 23
More and more communities throughout B.C. are modernizing and automating curbside collection to take advantage of cost-efficiencies.
And rural communities in the Cowichan Valley aren't trailing behind.
Starting Sept. 23 electoral area residential garbage and recycling will be picked up using an automated, dual compartment collection truck.
"Manual collection is being gradually phased out by automated collection due to the significant gains in worker safety, routing efficiency and increased public satisfaction," states a CVRD press release. "Other communities throughout B.C. have found that under an automated curbside program, service levels can be either maintained or enhanced while reducing waste collection costs.
"Communities that have implemented an automated system have experienced increases in recycling rates by as much as 30%, simply because residents are offered more room for recyclable materials."
The automated trucks use mechanical arms that wrap around each tote and tip contents into the truck.
About 18,000 new totes are currently being delivered to homes throughout the CVRD region. Residents are asked to look inside upon receipt to find an informative package containing their new collection schedule and tote user guide.
"We’re really pleased with the new trucks and totes and have been getting some excellent feedback from residents over the course of the tote delivery cycle so far; many have cited the ease of use and remarked upon the roominess of the recycling totes,” said CVRD superintendent of solid waste operations Jason Adair.
Due to the new program will see residents’ annual 2013 curbside bills reduced by between $1 and $11, depending on the electoral area.
It applies to folks living in Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station, Glenora, Sahtlam, Honeymoon Bay, Saltair, North Oyster and Youbou.
An instructional video describing automated tote usage is available online at www.CVRDrecycles.bc.ca/curbside.