City invests in 6,000 residential garbage bins

City Council has just approved free garbage bins for thousands of Fort St. John residents.

The new bins are in anticipation of a brand new mechanized collection system, slated for September.

At the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, Councilors unanimously voted to use $390,000 of the City’s Gas Tax funds to purchase 6,000 ‘roll carts’, to be used with a new collection service.

Currently, solid waste collection costs each applicable residential unit $120 per year. City Manager Dianne Hunter explains once the tender is granted, sometime this summer, staff will know how much the new rate will be.

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Beginning as soon as September, residents will begin placing their new 250 litre carts at the curb. A mechanized truck will collect the garbage, and place the bins back onto the curb. Each bin can hold up to three 67-litre garbage bags.

Additional bags must have tag attached to them, which can be purchased at City Hall for $1.00. City Councilor Lori Ackerman says she thinks Fort St. John will benefit from this new program.

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Collection fees will remain the same until the end of August. Then, the city will review the rates to accommodate the new collection service.

Apartment complex owners Li-Car Management and Sterling Management will manage their own solid waste collection arrangements.

Watch the video below to see how the mechanized collection system works.