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Organics Collection

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The City of Powell River began an organics trial in October 2017 with 400 households having been selected for participation. Currently, although there has been greater demand for participation, the City is not taking on any more households in its trial.

On any given week, approximately 40 per cent of the selected houses, or about 150 households a week, are putting out organic waste for collection.

Pickup is every week. Large bins were provided to the trial participants at no cost to the customers. Organic material collection uses the automated lifting feature of City’s automated garbage trucks. They can pick up to 400 pounds in the 240-litre bins supplied for the organics trial.

There should be no compostable plastic bags placed in the organics collection bins. Any contamination found in the bins will cause the collection to be rejected.

The compostable waste that is collected by the City is taken to Sunshine Disposal, where it is shipped to Salish Soils in Sechelt.

For people who are not participating in the organics trial, there are two drop-offs for their organic waste. There is free drop-off at Town Centre Recycling Depot, which is open Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5:30 pm. Loads over 50 litres, or 20 pounds must be taken to Sunshine Disposal, Wednesday to Saturday only.

Snow or ice events could delay or cancel pickups. On inclement weather days, please check the City of Powell River’s Twitter page @CityPowellRiver or the Facebook page, @cityofpowellriver.

For more information or inquiries, please contact the Operations Secretary at 604-485-8657.

In the first year of the program, the City collected an average of 554 kilograms per week of organics, which amounts to nearly 29 tonnes of material that was not shipped to Washington State for disposal.

For the Let’s Talk Trash Team, for organic materials, methods or questions, call 604-485-0020, email, website

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