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District of Kitimat implements new yard waste, recycling pick up

A new yard waste action plan will begin at the start of May
The District of Kitimat is putting together a new solid waste management plan to bring the town towards a more sustainable, eco-friendly waste management system. (District of Kitimat Photo)

District of Kitimat is starting a new Solid Waste Action Plan for curbside waste collection in Kitimat.

“Starting in May and extending into the fall, yard waste collection will be provided every other week on Mondays,” stated the District of Kitimat in a press release.

Kitimat homes that have garbage pickup on Tuesdays or Thursdays will receive yard waste collection one Monday, while homes that have garbage pickup on Wednesdays or Fridays will receive waste collection the next Monday.

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Residents can use their own plastic garbage cans for yard waste or they can dispose of it in a large paper yard waste bag.

“Council is thrilled to be implementing our Solid Waste Action Plan with curbside yard waste beginning in May,” Mayor Phil Germuth said.

As residents are wanting to reduce garbage going into the landfill, the district of Kitimat will also begin providing curbside recycling and food scrap collection starting this fall.

“Council had heard repeatedly over the years that residents want to be able to do more in terms of reducing garbage going into the landfill, and we are pleased to be making this happen,” Germuth said.

The expectations of the strategy have been broken up into three-goals:

Goal 1: Maximize waste diversion (zero waste) to conserve landfill capacity; Goal 2: Manage residual waste to meet current environmental design and operational standards; and Goal 3: Evaluate harmonizing the District’s solid waste management system with the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine system.

More information will be released by the district in the coming days so the community are aware of upcoming changes.

“We will continue to release information on a variety of platforms as we implement additional changes [this spring and fall]. Look for the information containing the program’s Way Less Waste brand to stay informed on how to reduce your waste,” said Michael Dewar, director of economic development and communications.

The plan is subject to change as regular adjustments may be made as the council obtains more information to properly implement the strategy but as of now the plan stands and will begin springtime.