Sort'nGo Organics – Port Alberni

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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 has launched 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 that launched September 13, 2021 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 Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as 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, the west coast of Tofino, Ucluelet and some surrounding communities, and engage with Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, First Nations and surrounding communities.


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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 has launched 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 that launched September 13, 2021 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 Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as 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, the west coast of Tofino, Ucluelet and some surrounding communities, and engage with Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, First Nations and surrounding communities.


LATEST UPDATES:

  • Split-Compartment Trucks: How Do They Work?

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    Did you know Port Alberni's collection trucks can actually pick up both recycling and organics or organics and garbage (depending on your collection week) without contaminating the separate streams?

    These automated City trucks have split compartments (if the trucks look new, it’s because they received a facelift with Sort’nGo decals!) The truck driver will flip a switch to activate either one compartment or the other depending on which cart is being emptied.

    Once the truck reaches the landfill, materials are emptied into their appropriate transfer station bins — recycling or compost is then hauled to the proper processing facility, while garbage is disposed of at the active tipping face.

    Because the compartments are separate in the truck, the three streams get collected, dropped off, and sorted independently. This means we can't mix garbage, recycling and organics in the carts — which will lead to contamination. Help us keep our streams clean and sort smarter with the Sort'nGo ACRD app: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD


    Not sure what belongs? Play the sorting game on the Sort'nGo ACRD app (or desktop version here: acrd.recycle.game) and if you receive a certificate of completion between now and December 15, email a screenshot of your certificate to sortngo@acrd.bc.ca or save it as a PDF and mail it to the ACRD office at 3008 5th Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3. All certificates we receive between now and December 15 will go into a draw to win a free year of waste service! Learn more at: 3008 5th Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3. Learn more at: Bit.ly/SortnGoContest

    The next time you're driving behind one of our collection trucks, see if you can spot both compartments!



  • Top Ten Sorting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

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    Residents are sorting to win a free year of waste collection by playing the sorting game on the Sort’nGo ACRD app. With over 2,000 gameplays to date, and 75+ completion certificates created, we’re seeing what contestants are getting right—and wrong—when sorting. Below are items that are being incorrectly sorted during game plays and are presented here to show where they belong:

    Sort it out at 3rd Ave Recycling Depot or AV Landfill Depot:

    Flexible Plastics:

    1. Chip bags
    2. Candy and chocolate bar wrappers

    Plastic bags and Overwrap:

    1. Plastic deli packaging
    2. Plastic liners (like garden planters)

    Take to the AV Landfill Depot, 3rd Ave Recycling Depot or Returns It - Depot:

    Extended Producer Responsibility products (EPR):

    1. Motor Oil

    Belongs in the AV Landfill/garbage:

    1. Packing sheets (like flexible foam wrap)
    2. Broken glass (please wrap in newspaper before disposal)
    3. Broken cups and dishes (please wrap in newspaper before disposal)
    4. Coffee pods
    5. 6-pack rings

    Learn more about what and how to sort in our FAQs.

  • Why Sort'nGo?

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    While many of us were busy soaking up the remaining days of summer in late August, before the hectic life of work, school, and play started up again in September, the City of Port Alberni and the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) were pounding the pavement with special deliveries.

    In the heat of August, crews were dropping off over 13,000 new curbside collection carts to single-family homes as part of a progressive three-stream pickup service that’s setting a new standard for waste diversion in the region.

    Along with the introduction of a third cart for organics comes a wider initiative to transition to an auto-cart system for all three waste streams, including recycling and waste.


    Read the full article in the latest issue in Port Alberni's Fall Issue of the Valley Vibe.

  • A Quick Tip for Excess Fruits & Veg this Fall

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    This is the time of year when fallen leaves, fruit, branches and other yard waste piles up. While the green organics carts are great for disposing of these items, did you know there are other great options for getting rid of your excess fruits and veggies from the garden?

    The Alberni Valley Gleaning Project will share excess garden harvest across the Alberni Valley.

    If that doesn’t work for you though, and you’re choosing to compost excess food items such as fruit, please make sure the cart is no more than half full. There have been challenges with the carts being too heavy for even automated arms to lift.

    Don't forget to download the Sort'nGo ACRD app to refresh your sorting skills — plus, you can play the game for a chance to win a free year of waste collection... on us! Don't have a mobile device? Use the desktop version here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD

  • Sort to Win! (This Contest is Now Closed)

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    The City of Port Alberni has seen over 150 tons of organics get diverted from the landfill since the launch of Sort'nGo a month ago—that’s the equivalent weight of a blue whale, one of the largest animals in the world.

    To Celebrate, We’re Having a Contest!

    The ACRD and the City of Port Alberni are launching a Sort’nGo contest on October 15 and running until end of day, December 15, 2021.

    Residents can play for a chance to win a free year of solid waste collection—valued at $180 (based on the standard 120L cart sizes).



    *City-wide cart audits will also take place during this time, and residents who have properly sorted items into their carts will receive a gold star cart decal and automatically be entered to win.

    Contest Details:

    • Participants can play the sorting game on their Sort’nGo app for Android or iPhone, or play on the desktop version of the app. The direct link to the game is acrd.recycle.game
    • To play the game, participants must move through levels 1 - 5, and on completion will receive a certificate that can be printed or saved as a PDF
    • To be entered in the draw, a screenshot or the PDF of your certificate can be emailed to sortngo@acrd.bc.ca or mailed to the ACRD office at: 3008 5th Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3

    The grand prize winner will be announced in December… so get sorting for your chance to win!

  • Sort'nGo Stats for September!

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    Since the launch of Sort'nGo on September 13, City of Port Alberni residents are busy sorting organics in their new green carts with the help of the Sort'nGo ARCD app. Now, the stats are in for the month of September:


    Schedule alerts created - 2,503
    Materials searched using the Waste Wizard - 27,717

    Sorting game plays - 1,026


    We're thrilled to see this level of engagement from the community, as everyone works hard to learn what and how to sort. We encourage folks to get help sorting with the Waste Wizard search tool on the app and to play the sorting game to learn where items belong.


    Green Cart Items - Important Reminders

    While we're currently seeing a percentage of organics being contaminated by items that don't belong in the green carts, we understand mistakes will happen during the transition phase of the new service.


    As a friendly reminder, the following items do not belong in organics:


    • Keurig coffee pods (garbage)
    • Diapers (garbage)
    • Plastic bags filled with organics (no plastic bags at all please -- even those labelled compostable or biodegradable won't reliably break down and can cause contamination)
    • Rubber bands on produce and stickers (garbage)
    • Plastic ID tags from pots and planters (any plastic from gardening posts and planters needs to go in the garbage)
    • Juice boxes (Recycling Depot)
    • Cardboard in organics carts should be free of tape/plastic (tape can go in the garbage)

    For more information about what can and can't go in the carts, please see our FAQs: https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics/widgets/76363/faqs#13477

    Contamination of our streams can be costly and will only take away from the total compost tonnage we're able to create and return to the community. If we work together, we can optimize our composting efforts and maintain a clean organics stream!


    Get the Sort'nGo ACRD App

    Stay in the know and start sorting and playing the game to become sorting star. Access the desktop version of the app here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD
  • Thank You Port Alberni!

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    Thank you everyone for an amazing first week for Sort’nGo Organics curbside collection in the City of Port Alberni! As the new service rolls out, we want to share some important reminders:


    • Please keep all plastics, even those labelled biodegradable or compostable, out of the green bins. Why? Because without strong regulations on compostable labels there’s potential to contaminate the organics stream with microplastics. Green carts should be lined with paper only – newspapers, paper bags, or cardboard.




  • Happy Sort'nGo Launch Week!

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    Port Alberni residents are rolling out their green organics carts for curbside pick-up this week, as the Sort'nGo service officially launches and marks the beginning of a new three-stream collection service featuring organics, recycling and waste.

    Organics carts will go out every week on your regular collection day, with recycling and garbage every other week, on alternating weeks.

    Find out what you need to know about the carts you'll be rolling out this week based on the new collection schedule, and get the scoop on what and how to sort moving forward!


    IMPORTANT REMINDER:

    If the week of September 13th IS your normal recycling week, please roll out your blue recycling cart with your green organics cart. The following week, you’ll roll out your garbage cart with your organics cart.

    If the week of September 13th IS NOT your normal recycling week, please roll out your garbage cart with your green organics cart. The following week, you’ll roll out your recycling cart with your organics cart.

    Get the Sort'nGo ACRD app to:

    • Check acceptable materials
    • Keep track of collection schedules
    • SIgn up for alerts

    Available for Android and iPhones at the Apple store or Google Play. Don't have a mobile device? No problem. Access a desktop-friendly version of the app on the https://www.letsconnectacrd.ca/organics home page, or bookmark the direct link here: recollect.net/r/area/ACRD

    Quick Links:

    Still have questions? Let us know at sortngo@acrd.bc.ca


  • What Carts Should You Roll Out for Collection on Sept 13th?

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    Port Alberni residents will be able to place their new green organics carts curbside on the week of September 13th, as the Sort’nGo Organics service launches in Port Alberni!

    What other carts should you be rolling out?

    If the week of September 13th IS your normal recycling week, please roll out your blue recycling cart with your green organics cart. The following week, you’ll roll out your garbage cart with your organics cart.

    If the week of September 13th IS NOT your normal recycling week, please roll out your garbage cart with your green organics cart. The following week, you’ll roll out your recycling cart with your organics cart.

    Find your collection schedule and set collection alerts with the Sort’nGo ACRD app, available for iPhone and Android at the Apple Store or Google Play.

    Quick Links:

    Questions? Let us know at sortngo@acrd.bc.ca or visit the Sort'nGo Organics home page for more info.

  • How to Dispose of Shredded Paper

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    Our new collection service is launching in the City of Port Alberni on September 13th, 2021!

    Along with a new green cart for organics – single-family homes will receive a new blue cart for recycling.

    Wondering how to recycle some items? Here’s a tip on how to dispose of shredded paper:

    Curbside

    Place shredded paper in a clear plastic bag (do not use coloured or opaque garbage bags) INSIDE your blue recycling cart.

    This will make it easy to pull and sort off the line at the post collection facility.

    *All other items in the blue cart should be left loose.

    Depot

    When depositing shredded paper at the Recycling Depots, please place shredded paper in a paper bag or cardboard box so as not to contaminate the paper stream.

    Learn More

    Questions about what, and how, to sort? Download the Sort’nGo ACRD app available for iPhone and Android at the Apple Store or Google Play. You can get help sorting items for collection, find collection schedules, and you can even set-up convenient collection alerts!


Page last updated: 16 Sep 2022, 10:12 AM