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Photo: Fort St. John residents will be able to use the new garbage bins beginning Sept. 1./Kimberley Molina

Fort St. John is beginning a new – and possibly cleaner – garbage initiative in the city.

Brand new garbage bins will be distributed to about 5,300 households over the next month.

The garbage bins will hold approximately three bags of garbage and all households must use the bin.

Don Demers is the director of public works. He says there will be three main benefits of having the new bins. Firstly, the bins will help cut down on messes made by animals that tear into bags placed on the curb, secondly garbage collection will be a lot quicker, and thirdly it will be a lot safer for the workers as they won’t have to leave the truck to pick up the bins.

The bins will be able to be picked up and dumped by the truck itself.

A new feature of the bins is a barcode that will be on the bin. Each barcode on an individual bin will correspond to the address to which it belongs.

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All bags will have to be put in the bin starting Sept. 1 when residents will be required to begin using the bins. Demers would like to remind residents not to use the bins until that date as the current company in charge of garbage disposal won’t be able to deal with them.

Residents will be allowed to fill the container with as many bags as they want, as long as it does not overflow. If anyone requires a second bin, Demers says they will be available at a cost of $75 along with the $120 annual pickup fee.

Each bin will come with a door hanger outlining how to use the bins and where to leave them by the curb. Anyone who does not receive a bin by the end of August should contact public works at 250-787-8150.

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