Regional District of Nanaimo plans transition to automated curbside collection

Waste Connections of Canada awarded $3.2-million contract

The Regional District of Nanaimo is switching to automatic curbside collection for garbage and recycling starting in October of next year.

It will be available to all single-family dwelling units within the regional district not serviced by the City of Nanaimo.

“We are excited to announce this new automated collection service which will provide each RDN household with convenient, easy to roll carts for recyclables, food waste and garbage,” said RDN chairman Ian Thorpe. “The new automated service will address current waste generation, as well as the RDN’s solid waste management plan’s new waste diversion target of 90 per cent over the next 10 years.”

The automated curbside collection service will use specially designed wheeled carts and automated collection trucks with mechanical arms. Truck drivers will operate the arms from within the cab of the truck to grab, lift and empty the materials in the carts.

READ MORE: RDN opts for automated garbage collection

Waste Connections of Canada was awarded the service contract, which includes automated collection, for a total estimated contract value of $3.2 million for the first year.

Residents will have a choice of cart sizes that best suit their household’s disposal needs. Cart selections can be made until Dec. 31 at www.getinvolved.rdn.ca/curbsidecollection or via the postage paid response form that was sent out in the fall 2019 RDN solid waste newsletter.

Carts will be on display for residents at various locations throughout the region until Nov. 29.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Suspect pulls knife on staff at Nanaimo 7-Eleven

Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect who allegedly took items then produced knife when staff approached

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man who allegedly pushed clerk to floor during armed robbery

Chase Peter Goodale scheduled to appear in court today, Jan. 20

Nanaimo council issues permit for mixed-use building on Terminal Avenue

29-unit residential building and café restaurant planned at 930 Terminal Ave.

VIU basketball teams winners in first home games of new year

Mariners men and women sweep past Okanagan Coyotes in PacWest action in Nanaimo

Poll: How satisfied were you with snow clearing in Nanaimo?

Several days’ worth of snowfall now melting away

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to give refund to B.C. buyer due to puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

Man dies in backcountry near Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort

The victim was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday

Cariboo Memorial Hospital back to normal after cold weather wreaks havoc

Burst pipes and water leaks cause three different incidents

Site of planned Jumbo Valley ski resort to be protected, managed by First Nations

Development rights permanently retired for site of proposed year-round ski resort west of Invermere

Huawei exec’s extradition hearing begins in Canada

China’s foreign ministry complained the United States and Canada were violating Meng’s rights

Prince Harry: ‘Powerful media’ is why he’s stepping away

Prince Harry and Megan have stepped away from their royal commitments

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

How to beat Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year

Multiple factors can play a role in seasonal depression, says Fraser Health psychiatrist

Most Read