Starting next year, both Courtenay and Comox’s curbside collection with be automated with new trucks.
According to a joint statement, the new automated service will use specifically designed carts and the new trucks will have mechanical arms operated by the driver that lift and empty the carts before returning them to the curb.
Residents will get three new wheeled carts, one for each material for bi-weekly recycling, garbage and weekly organics, according to the municipalities.
Courtenay mayor Bob Wells says he is excited for what this means for the city.
“By bringing our waste collection service in line with other cities in the province, we will increase efficiency, improve reliability, and reduce the risk of workplace injuries,” said Wells.
“The shift, to automated collection, will have a positive impact on our community and we expect to see a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions generated by the collection vehicles as well as increased diversion of materials from our landfill.”
More updates are set to come throughout this year.