Sort'nGo Organics – Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

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Did you know that 30-50 per cent of the waste sent to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD)’s landfill isn’t actually garbage at all? It’s organic material – food and yard waste – that can be transformed into a renewable resource like compost.

That’s why the ACRD is launching a new Organics Collection Program in the City of Port Alberni – so you can redirect food and yard waste away from the landfill where it takes up space and creates higher greenhouse gas emissions. The new service is part of a wider update to waste collection that will include moving to a 3-stream roadside cart system. Similar to garbage, recycling and organics will now be collected in carts and picked up at the roadside by collection trucks.


Funding to support upgrades to the new waste services, including the ACRD’s Regional Organics Implementation Project, is eligible through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. In 2020, the ACRD received a six million dollar grant that will fund the introduction of organics collection in the City of Port Alberni, Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, First Nations and surrounding communities.


LATEST UPDATES:

  • UP AND ROLLING: As the new Sort'nGo Organics service rolls out for the city of Port Alberni, here are a couple of important reminders: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/news_feed/thank-you-port-alberni
  • HAPPY LAUNCH WEEK! Find out what you need to know about rolling out your new carts this week at: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/news_feed/happy-sort-ngo-launch-week
  • Get the App: Download the Sort'nGO ACRD app for Android and iPhones (available at the Apple store or Google Play) and get help sorting, access collection schedules, set alerts and more! Don't have a mobile device? Try our desktop version here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD
  • ACRD Press Release: Sort’nGo Organics Collection in Port Alberni set to begin Sept. 13: https://bit.ly/3n8lD3c
  • News: Check our news feed for what you need to know about Sort'nGo - including tips for sorting, and what carts you'll be rolling out the first week of the new service: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics?tool=news_feed#tool_tab
  • Events: Did you miss our events in July and August? It's not too late to stay in the know with Sort'nGo! Stop by our booth at the Alberni Valley Fall Fair, September 10-12, 2021 or watch a recording from one of our summer info sessions here: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/widgets/76365/videos/7638
  • Cart Delivery: New recycling and organics carts will be delivered to single-family homes between August 23 - September 10. Watch for your new carts, which will include a "kitchen catcher" and a welcome package with details.
  • Alberni Valley Electoral Areas Survey: We're looking for your preliminary thoughts on a roadside organics collection service in your area! Please fill out the below survey to let us know how you manage waste now, and what your level of interest is.

Did you know that 30-50 per cent of the waste sent to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD)’s landfill isn’t actually garbage at all? It’s organic material – food and yard waste – that can be transformed into a renewable resource like compost.

That’s why the ACRD is launching a new Organics Collection Program in the City of Port Alberni – so you can redirect food and yard waste away from the landfill where it takes up space and creates higher greenhouse gas emissions. The new service is part of a wider update to waste collection that will include moving to a 3-stream roadside cart system. Similar to garbage, recycling and organics will now be collected in carts and picked up at the roadside by collection trucks.


Funding to support upgrades to the new waste services, including the ACRD’s Regional Organics Implementation Project, is eligible through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. In 2020, the ACRD received a six million dollar grant that will fund the introduction of organics collection in the City of Port Alberni, Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, First Nations and surrounding communities.


LATEST UPDATES:

  • UP AND ROLLING: As the new Sort'nGo Organics service rolls out for the city of Port Alberni, here are a couple of important reminders: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/news_feed/thank-you-port-alberni
  • HAPPY LAUNCH WEEK! Find out what you need to know about rolling out your new carts this week at: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/news_feed/happy-sort-ngo-launch-week
  • Get the App: Download the Sort'nGO ACRD app for Android and iPhones (available at the Apple store or Google Play) and get help sorting, access collection schedules, set alerts and more! Don't have a mobile device? Try our desktop version here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD
  • ACRD Press Release: Sort’nGo Organics Collection in Port Alberni set to begin Sept. 13: https://bit.ly/3n8lD3c
  • News: Check our news feed for what you need to know about Sort'nGo - including tips for sorting, and what carts you'll be rolling out the first week of the new service: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics?tool=news_feed#tool_tab
  • Events: Did you miss our events in July and August? It's not too late to stay in the know with Sort'nGo! Stop by our booth at the Alberni Valley Fall Fair, September 10-12, 2021 or watch a recording from one of our summer info sessions here: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/widgets/76365/videos/7638
  • Cart Delivery: New recycling and organics carts will be delivered to single-family homes between August 23 - September 10. Watch for your new carts, which will include a "kitchen catcher" and a welcome package with details.
  • Alberni Valley Electoral Areas Survey: We're looking for your preliminary thoughts on a roadside organics collection service in your area! Please fill out the below survey to let us know how you manage waste now, and what your level of interest is.

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We’re sure you have questions about how the Organics Collection Service will ‘roll’ out and how you can get set to Sort'nGo. Post your questions here!

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    Can I use a paper bag to line my kitchen compost bin?

    Tania asked 1 day ago

    Hi Tania - Yes! Paper bags are a great option for lining your organics/kitchen compost bin.

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    if I put a diaper in trash whit out sealing I end up whit millions of maggots ,and in the organics whit out a garbage bag you end up billions maggots this is worst then covid,i lived in calgary they aloud to use compostable bag, this is not a smart idea

    garbage asked 3 days ago

    Hello garbage. Thank you for feedback. Because compostable bags are unregulated and do not break down at the same rate, to the same degree, we are not accepting them. Other jurisdictions may chose to depending on their compost facility and technology.

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    Can we put recycling bins in the street the night before.

    Judith asked 2 days ago

    Hello Judith - it's preferred that they be put out on collection morning to avoid wildlife interactions.

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    Are the Great Value paper yard waste bags available at Walmart ok to use in the organics can?

    Ard asked 1 day ago

    Hello Ard - yes, paper yard waste bags are a great liner option for the organics cart!

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    We never recieved a kitchen catcher or a welcome packages. How do we get these?

    Am asked 5 days ago

    Hello Am - give us a call at 250-736-7678 and we can sort this out.

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    There is a lot of soil attached to clumps of grass that we pull and attached to dead veggies. I know the plants can go into Organics but can the attached soil? Everything gets a good shake so we don’t lose more soil than necessary but nevertheless there is still a lot of soil.

    Kathleen asked 3 days ago

    Hello Kathleen - yes that's fine. Thanks for checking!

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    Why can’t cat litter go in the organics like all other communities?

    AJ asked 6 days ago

    Hello AJ. Cat litter is not universally accepted in other compost programs. It largely depends on the kind of compost facility that is being used and whether the process can adequately treat different materials. In this case, we ask that this continues to go in the garbage. Thank you,

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    Are smaller containers available?

    Steve asked 6 days ago

    Hello Steve. No, there are not smaller carts available at this time. Thank you,



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    Carts are unsuitable (too large Organics) for the task. Typical bureaucratic solution; no attempt to let individuals specify their needs like was done for the garbage carts. Let people pay for what they choose, don't just hide it in taxes forever. (Next thing, you will mandate collective gardening times.)

    pro-choice asked 8 days ago

    Hello pro-choice. Thanks for your comments. Information about the cost of the program for ratepayers, and about how the size of the cart was determined, is in the FAQ on this page. Let us know if you have any further questions,

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    Kleenex be recycled?

    Des asked 7 days ago

    Hello Des - Kleenex can go in your green organics cart!

Page last updated: 22 September 2021, 08:50