Displays will allow Nanaimo residents to test out new carts that will be used for the city’s automated garbage collection system. FILE PHOTO/News Bulletin

Bins for automated garbage collection ready for testing

City of Nanaimo starts new automated garbage collection program this October

Nanaimo residents will get a trio of wheeled carts as part of a new automated garbage system and the city is offering a chance to test them out.

The City of Nanaimo has displays in city facilities with information about when and where the automation project, Sort Toss Roll, will begin, its cost and what can go in each cart, according to a press release. There are also actual sets of wheeled carts people can see, touch and manoeuvre.

Nanaimo council agreed to automate its garbage collection service in March. Residents will get three bins for recycling, organics and garbage and will be able to dispose of yard waste.

“I am excited for residents to able to come out to city facilities, learn more about the Sort Toss Roll project and take the wheeled carts for a test drive,” said Charlotte Davis, city manager of sanitation, recycling and public works administration. “So far we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the majority of the community about this project.”

The displays are available until Oct. 27 at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Beban Park social centre, the City of Nanaimo Service and Resource Centre and the Bowen Park complex. The public can also find a display at Woodgrove Centre near the food court, as well as pop-up displays at other malls and on Sept. 4, carts will be at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

City staff will be on hand at the Vancouver Island Exhibition Aug. 18-20 with information about the Sort Toss Roll program, expected to roll out to central Nanaimo homes first in October.