Tips for Setting Carts Out Roadside

Since launching Sort’nGo Organics in Port Alberni last September, we’ve seen more than 500 tons of organic waste diverted from the landfill. As we transform that kitchen/food/garden waste into compost, we want to remind residents of the best ways to leave their green organics carts out on the roadside on collection days.

How and When you Place Your Carts is Important

  • To reduce the chance of wildlife interactions, bylaws require that carts not be placed roadside until 7 am. Collection trucks leave the yard shortly after 7 am.

Distance & Position

  • Make sure there is at least one metre (three feet) between the carts and any obstacles (ie: cars, powerpoles) so the mechanical arms of the truck can work properly.

  • Place the wheels of the cart on the side nearest your residence.

Don't Leave Your Locking Mechanisms Dangling!

  • Make sure to unclip the bear-proof locking mechanism from the cart when placed roadside and then hook the clips together. Doing this ensures they are not left hanging loose when the collection truck picks the carts up – which can cause bangs and scrapes and other damage to the carts.

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