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Fruits and veggies to be collected next year in Courtenay

Banana peels, stale bread, meat scraps and dirty pizza boxes will soon be collected at the curbside by the City of Courtenay.

Starting in January, single-residential and duplex households can put food waste at the curb for composting along with yard waste. The “organics” service will also introduce a weekly total volume limit of 360 litres and a 20-kilogram weight limit.

The city says if residents have more than that, they can drop off yard waste directly to the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre. Yard and food waste can also be co-mingled, or food waste can be put in a separate container outside your home.

According to the city, it is estimated that organics make up around 30 per cent of materials disposed of at the landfill. They estimate the program could divert an additional 1,200 tonnes of organics from the landfill annually.

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Potential collection days will also be reduced, making costs of collection and tipping more fair across Courtenay homes.

Mayor Bob Wells says the program is an important step to support the environment and lower long-term infrastructure costs.

“Countless people have asked me over the years why Courtenay doesn’t have compost collection,” said Wells. “The City has long hoped to participate in a curbside organics program, but until now there simply hasn’t been a facility large enough to accommodate our population.

“We’re thrilled this new service will add much-needed resilience and longevity to the regional landfill. We hope our residents will take full advantage.”

More information about the project can be found on the city’s website.

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