What You Want To Know When Edmonton Begins Introducing A New Rubbish Truck System – Edmonton

The City of Edmonton will officially launch its new garbage and food scrap truck program on Monday.

The program provides for houses to be given a large cart to put their garbage bags in and two trash cans for groceries. The small container is for use in the kitchen and the large one is for outdoor storage and collection.

The new system will initially be introduced to residents in some northern and southeastern parts of the city.

“[The bins are] imported into approximately a quarter of a million households in Edmonton, ”said Jodi Goebel, director of waste strategy for the City of Edmonton.

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“This is a change in waste collection, but also in waste separation,” said Goebel. “So where we are now separating our rubbish from our recycling, we are introducing the separate collection of leftover food.”

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The pick-up frequency will be reduced from weekly to every two weeks. The trolleys are also picked up by an automated collection trolley, rather than by hand as is currently the case for garbage collection.


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How do I get a smaller garbage can?

Residents previously had the option of choosing a smaller garbage can size before the rollout. The standard size is 240 liters, but smaller containers of 120 liters are also available. Those who haven’t indicated that they want a smaller container will be given a large container to roll out.

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If you have not yet registered for the smaller container, Goebel suggests waiting two to four weeks with the initially larger size to see whether the change is necessary.

After April 6th, residents can exchange their garbage cans once free of charge. If another exchange is required, the city will charge a fee of $ 18.50.

Initially, almost 20,000 households opted for the small bin.

What belongs in the leftover food?

Goebel said the leftover food that is new to Edmonton can take almost anything organic out of the kitchen.

“Everything you have left in the kitchen every day,” she says. “It’s your eggshells, your bones, your vegetable shells, that little bit of leftover food that you haven’t digested.”

“The green bin is really efficient for almost everything.”

Small amounts of garden waste can end up in the leftover food too – but the city will also run a seasonal program twice a year to collect larger amounts of garden waste.

The collection of leftovers takes place weekly from spring to autumn and every two weeks in the winter season.

The recycling remains the same – in blue bags on the curb.

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Why is the city making this change?

Edmonton residents can use this map to see when their neighborhood will receive the new containers. All parts of the city are to be converted by the end of August.

The city made the switch after a successful pilot program for 8,000 apartments in 13 districts was carried out from 2019. While the city-wide rollout was supposed to take place in summer 2020, the start was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city previously sorted garbage and separated organic waste at the Edmonton composting facility. Structural problems led to the facility’s closure in 2019.

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“If you look at the containers – once everything is mixed and compacted, it is simply not an efficient way of getting things to where they should be,” said Goebel.

The organic matter in the rubbish bins is processed in the city’s new anaerobic digestion plant.

This is the first big step in the city’s 25-year plan to move 90 percent of its household waste away from the landfill. Around 65 percent of municipal waste is to be reduced by 2023.

Those who need help with their trash cans can sign up for help for free.

The city will also launch a program that will allow residents to share a large car between the main and sub suites in September 2021.

–With files from Sarah Komadina and Emily Mertz from Global News

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