Garbage, recycling to be picked up at front of residences

Snow and slush are changing the way the city is handling garbage and recycling pickup.

Snow and slush are changing the way the city is handling garbage and recycling pickup.

As of Monday, residents are asked to put their bins at the front of their homes instead of in the back lanes/alleys in an effort to restore the usual level of service.

It’s the first time the city has ever had to do this.

Trucks will follow their regular schedules but avoid travelling down back lanes.

“This snowfall has affected our ability to maintain an adequate level of service for garbage and recycling pickup,” said Janet Whitesell, waste superintendent, in a press release. “As a result, we are temporarily adapting how we collect our garbage and recyclables in order to satisfy our customers and meet their needs.”

About 30 per cent of residential households receive front collection while the remaining 70 per cent receive garbage and recycling pickup in back lanes.

Front collection will continue until further notice and is expected to follow through to the spring.

The city is also offering free dropoff locations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect any garbage and recyclables recently missed.

The dropoff locations are at:

l Deer Park Alliance Church, 2960 39th St., east parking lot

l Oriole Park School, 5 Oldbury St.

l Parking lot on 43rd Street across from the downtown Arena and public market area; use east entrance across from Pioneer Lodge.

The Waste Management Facility at 1709 40th Ave. is also available for garbage and recycling missed on a regular collection day.

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