Nanaimo residents will be allowed to put out a extra bag of garbage and an extra recycling container when curbside waste collection resumes this week.
Curbside collection of garbage, recycling and organic waste, cancelled by snow-covered and icy roads, is set to resume Tuesday, Jan. 4, thanks to a change in the weather over the weekend and efforts to clear roads of accumulated snow.
Waste pickup will follow the 2022 collection calendar. To make up for missed collection days, residents will be allowed to put extra recycling out on their next scheduled recycling collection day and, for missed garbage collection, residents can also put out an extra bag of garbage for pickup on their next scheduled garbage collection day.
Sanitation staff will be physically tossing extra garbage and recycling, so when putting out extra garbage on pickup day, residents are asked to place garbage in a tied garbage bag one metre to the side or behind the black cart and not in front of it. An extra garbage bag can be any size that would normally fit into the black cart.
When putting out extra recyclables, the city asked residents to place them in an easy-to-empty container or box that is the same size or smaller than the blue cart and place this one metre behind or beside the blue cart.
The city is continuing to monitor road conditions and will update the city website at https://bit.ly/3FN0KkK and through the Nanaimo Recycles app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Residents can also contact the City of Nanaimo Public Works department at 250-758-5222.
“As beautiful as this snowfall has been, it’s brought with it an abundance of inconvenience. Curbside collection is the latest challenge for our crews,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog, in a city press release.