Sort'nGo Organics – West Coast

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A new waste collection service is pulling up to west coast curbs! Residents of single-family homes in Tofino, Ucluelet and some surrounding communities will begin diverting organic (food/yard) waste from the landfill.

All eligible residents – any residential dwelling with four or fewer units – will receive a new organics cart that will get picked up weekly at the roadside. Residents will also receive a new uniform (blue) recycling cart and (black) garbage cart which will be collected on alternating weeks.

As well, residents of Esowista and Ty-Histanis in ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation), and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation) residents of hitac̓u have signed on to receive the Sort’nGo service. These communities will launch as a pilot project ahead of the full West Coast rollout.

By diverting organics from the West Coast Landfill, we can reduce greenhouse gases, and save valuable space while extending the lifespan of the landfill. Right now, up to 43% of the waste found at the landfill is actually organic material – not garbage. This new service will see food and yard waste collected at a separate facility where it can be transformed into nutrient-rich compost.

To see upcoming key dates, access the app, and find out more about the service check out the sidebar information on your right. Questions? Ask them in the questions tab below, or read the news alerts which will be updated regularly with educational tips, how-tos and what to expect ahead of November's launch!

*Please note that commercial and multi-family buildings are not part of this service at this time.

Background & Funding

The Sort’nGo Organics service is part of a larger update to waste management for the West Coast, which will include significant upgrades to the west coast landfill, including a new public waste diversion drop-off area and a compost processing facility. These improvements will help support the transition to a new automatic three-stream collection system.

Funding to support these upgrades, as part of the ACRD’s Regional Organics Implementation Project, is provided through the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as the Federal Gas Tax Fund). In 2020, the ACRD received a $6M grant to fund the introduction of organics collection within the ACRD. The service was launched in Port Alberni in September 2021, with public consultation occurring in 2022 for Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, and surrounding First Nations communities.


LATEST UPDATES:

A new waste collection service is pulling up to west coast curbs! Residents of single-family homes in Tofino, Ucluelet and some surrounding communities will begin diverting organic (food/yard) waste from the landfill.

All eligible residents – any residential dwelling with four or fewer units – will receive a new organics cart that will get picked up weekly at the roadside. Residents will also receive a new uniform (blue) recycling cart and (black) garbage cart which will be collected on alternating weeks.

As well, residents of Esowista and Ty-Histanis in ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation), and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation) residents of hitac̓u have signed on to receive the Sort’nGo service. These communities will launch as a pilot project ahead of the full West Coast rollout.

By diverting organics from the West Coast Landfill, we can reduce greenhouse gases, and save valuable space while extending the lifespan of the landfill. Right now, up to 43% of the waste found at the landfill is actually organic material – not garbage. This new service will see food and yard waste collected at a separate facility where it can be transformed into nutrient-rich compost.

To see upcoming key dates, access the app, and find out more about the service check out the sidebar information on your right. Questions? Ask them in the questions tab below, or read the news alerts which will be updated regularly with educational tips, how-tos and what to expect ahead of November's launch!

*Please note that commercial and multi-family buildings are not part of this service at this time.

Background & Funding

The Sort’nGo Organics service is part of a larger update to waste management for the West Coast, which will include significant upgrades to the west coast landfill, including a new public waste diversion drop-off area and a compost processing facility. These improvements will help support the transition to a new automatic three-stream collection system.

Funding to support these upgrades, as part of the ACRD’s Regional Organics Implementation Project, is provided through the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as the Federal Gas Tax Fund). In 2020, the ACRD received a $6M grant to fund the introduction of organics collection within the ACRD. The service was launched in Port Alberni in September 2021, with public consultation occurring in 2022 for Alberni Valley electoral areas, Bamfield, and surrounding First Nations communities.


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  • It's Sort'nGo Time!

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    New uniform carts are on their way! Delivery to single-family homes in Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Albion and Millstream is expected to begin Nov 23 and wrap up Nov 30 (please be patient as cart delivery days are subject to change) ahead of the new Sort'nGo service launch starting the week of Dec. 5!

    Until launch of the new service, please continue to follow your current waste schedule for recycling and garbage with existing collection bins. As of December 5, you can begin using the Sort’nGo carts. See below for the new collection schedule, and what carts to roll out for launch week.

    Sort’nGo Collection Schedule:

    Ucluelet/Port Albion/Millstream/hitac̓u

    • Organics Pickup — weekly, Mondays
    • Recycling (Wednesdays)/Garbage (Thursdays) – alternating weeks


    Tofino/Esowista & Ty-Histanis –

    • Organics pickup — weekly, Tuesdays
    • Recycling (Wednesdays)/Garbage (Thursdays) – alternating weeks





    What Carts to Roll Out for December 5 Launch Week (and the Following Week):


    • Ucluelet/Port Albion/Millstream:
      • Monday, Dec. 5: Green Organics Cart
      • Wednesday, Dec. 7: Blue Recycling Carts
      • Monday, Dec. 12: Green Organics Carts
      • Thursday, Dec. 15: Black Recycling Carts
    • Tofino:
      • Tuesday, Dec. 6: Green Organics Cart
      • Thursday, Dec. 8: Black Garbage Carts
      • Tuesday, Dec. 13: Green Organics Carts
      • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Blue Recycling Carts


    Download the 'Sort'nGo ACRD' App:

    Get ready to be a waste sorting champion by downloading the FREE Sort’nGo app!

    Ask the Waste Wizard to search if an item should be trashed, recycled or disposed of another way. Available at the Apple Store or Google Play for mobile devices. Access the desktop version of the app at: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD

  • Sort'nGo Service for hitac̓u, Esowista & Ty-Histanis

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    PLEASE NOTE: This information is for residents of hitac̓u, Esowista & Ty-Histanis only.

    As residents in Tofino and Ucluelet are preparing for the launch of the new Sor'tnGo roadside waste collection service later this year, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation) and ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation) will be launching their service the week of Oct. 31, 2022, ahead of the full public rollout. If you are not a resident hitac̓u, Esowista or Ty-Histanis check back here for details on your community's rollout in the coming weeks!


    hitac̓u Sort'nGo Collection Schedule - Starting the Week of Oct. 31, 2022

    Haʔumckʷi (organics) will be picked up weekly, with huuʔaḥw̓ał (recycling) and tims (garbage) picked up every other week, on alternating weeks. That means:

    • hitacu̓̓ residents will roll out the new green organics carts next Monday, Oct 31, and black garbage carts on Thursday, Nov. 3.

    • The following week of Nov 7, residents will roll out green carts for pickup on Monday, Nov 7, and blue recycling carts on Wednesday, Nov. 9.



    Esowista & Ty-Histanis Sort'nGo Collection Schedule - Starting the Week of Oct. 31, 2022

    huuʔiitap wit̓as (organics) carts will be picked up weekly, with huuʔaḥwaał (recycling) and tuums (garbage) carts picked up every other week, on alternating weeks. That means:

    • Residents will roll out their new green organics carts on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and blue recycling carts on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

    • The following week of Nov. 7, residents will roll out green carts for pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and black garbage carts on Thursday, Nov. 10.


  • Tips to 'Bear in Mind'

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    Have you watched our video about how to best secure and store your new Sort'nGo carts to reduce wildlife interactions? As we get nearer to delivering new carts to single-family homes in Tofino and Ucluelet ahead of our launch, find out what you need to know about storing and securing carts in the video below:


    Quick Takeaways

    Using the Cart Locking Mechanisms

    The new organics and garbage carts come with certified locking mechanisms to further reduce the chance of wildlife accessing the contents. Residents should:

    • Keep both clips locked to the lid 24/7 except on collection day when placing carts roadside between 5am-8am
    • Once roadside, unlock the clips and hook the two ends together to avoid cart damage when emptied by the collection

    Securing and Storing Carts

    Ideally, carts will be stored inside and away from entry doors and windows (i.e., pantry, garage). If carts must be stored outside, they will need to be properly secured. Not properly securing/storing carts is the #1 reason animals are able to get access, damage carts and increase the risk of human-wildlife conflict.

    Guidelines from WildSafeBC include:

    • All types of outdoor sheds are not strong enough to prevent bears from accessing their contents – unless they are outfitted with electrical fencing
    • If stored outdoors, secure carts with chains or cables locks to a secure base, such as a concrete block to prevent an adult bear from dragging it away
    • Store carts in a well-lit area, or area with security/motion sensor lights
    • Keep carts away from entryways and doors
    • Decrease odors and attractants by storing smelly food waste (i.e., fish and meat products) in the freezer before transferring to green carts on collection day

    Materials & Resources

    • Materials for securing and storing carts can be purchased locally from Windsor Plywood or Slegg Lumber and will also be available for purchase at Ozzard Environmental Recycling Depots in Tofino and Ucluelet in the coming weeks.
    • For further tips on reducing human-wildlife conflict, follow WildsafeBC on Facebook or visit: wildsafebc.com/resources/guides

    Did You Know About the Subsidy?

    • A subsidy for west coast residents is available through WildSafeBC, to help people cover the cost of electric fencing (50% up to 500$). Funding is limited and on a first come first serve basis. For more information email pacrim@wildsafebc.com.

    District of Tofino Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 1317

  • Download the App and Stay 'In the Know' with Sort'nGo

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    The Sort'nGo ACRD app is available for download to iPhones and Android devices from the Apple Store or Google Play:

    • Get collection schedule alerts to mobile, email or voice mail
    • Use the quick sort tool to help you sort items like plastic bags, styrofoam, corrugated cardboard, and grass clippings
    • Find out where to take items that don’t belong in the carts
    • Play the interactive sorting game to hone your sorting skills!


    Don't have a mobile device? No problem! Our desktop version is available here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD




  • What is Automated Cart Collection?

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    Did you know that with new carts coming to west coast residential homes later this year, in preparation for the SortnGo West Coast launch, we’re also updating how we collect waste?

    Our waste collector, Ozzard Environmental, is outfitting collection trucks with automated arms that will pick-up and collect the new uniform carts for organics (food/yard waste), recycling and garbage.

    Moving away from a manual collection means better protection for valued workers, like our local driver Frank, as we increase our waste diversion from the West Coast landfill.


    Learn more about the changes coming with the new service:


  • Anatomy of a Recycling Cart

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    The new three-stream Sort’nGo collection service for waste, recycling and organics is coming to Tofino and Ucluelet curbs this fall! Get a refresher below on how to use your recycling cart and what to put in them:

    • Cart size – The default size for the 240L organics cart is 43Hx24Wx35Din.
    • What goes in – All items you’re currently recycling roadside including mixed paper, cardboard and boxboard; paper packaging that contained liquids; paper beverage cups and lids; tin and aluminum containers or foil, plastic bottles, containers and tubs under 25L; and empty aerosol cans.
    • Filling the cart – Do not leave any overflow. All items must fit in the cart with no additional items on the ground or in additional containers on the ground.
    • Leave items loose – Don’t stuff, pack or nest items in the cart, no liners or bags except shredded paper, which should be tied in a clear bag. Leave cardboard or milk cartons flat to make more room.
    • Automated cart collection – Carts will be picked up by a mechanical arm of the truck rather than manually, by the driver. To help this new process run smoothly, please place the cart's wheels on the roadside nearest your residence.

    Cart Deliveries

    New carts will be delivered to homes in September/October, ahead of November's launch. Along with the carts, residents will also receive a welcome package with sorting tips, information about storing and using carts, and more.

    What About Items That Don’t Belong?

    Not sure what to do with items that don’t belong in the cart? Download the Sort’nGo ACRD app for Android and Apple phones and easily look up where to go to dispose of your item. No mobile device? No problem. We have a desktop version available here: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD

  • Anatomy of an Organics Cart

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    New organics carts are coming to Tofino, Ucluelet and some surrounding west coast communities this fall. Learn more below about the new green organics carts, and how to use them:

    • Cart size - The default size for the 120L organics cart is 42Hx19Wx22Din.
    • Automated cart collection - Sort'nGo carts are uniform in size and style to ensure they fit the mechanical arm of an automated truck.
    • Locking mechanisms - Carts have certified bear-resistant locking mechanisms. Unclipping these from the cart lid for collection day and hooking them together will reduce damage from swinging mechanisms.
    • Food waste - All food waste including yard waste can go in the green cart — just be sure that you can easily close the lid and the cart is not too heavy for the arm of the truck to lift. A good rule of thumb is to fill the green carts with food waste and then top up with yard waste, no stuffing.
    • Liners - Do not use plastic liners in the green cart. Even those labeled compostable. This is because not all compostable products break down the same way or over the same time frame and will contaminate the compost. Organics carts can be lined with newspaper or cardboard.

    Cart Deliveries:

    New carts will be delivered to homes in September/October, ahead of November's launch. Along with the carts residents will also receive a welcome package with sorting tips, information about storing and using carts, and more.

    Kitchen Buddies:

    Those residents who are interested will be able to get an organics kitchen catcher as well — a small pail that can be stored inside for easy collection, before transferring to the larger outdoor organics cart on collection days.


  • Intro to 3-Stream Automated Cart Collection

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    As we look forward to launching Sort'nGo in the west coast this November, it's critical that residents understand the changes coming to the existing roadside collection service, and at the landfill, and why we're focusing on diverting organic waste from the garbage stream.

    Learn more about the new Sort'nGo collection service featuring organics and what changes are required as we move from a manual collection service to automated cart collection: https://www.westerlynews.ca/marketplace/introduction-to-sortngo-three-stream-automated-cart-collection/

    (Article published in The Westerly News)


  • Food Waste for Thought

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    As we gear up for the new organics, recycling and garbage collection service launching in Tofino and Ucluelet this November, and residents consider their cart size needs, it’s important to understand how these changes will affect overall garbage collection.

    With the new Sort’nGo collection service and the introduction of a (green) organics cart, we will now be diverting food and yard waste from the garbage stream where it’s currently taking up to 43% of space.

    As we start diverting that waste – which isn’t garbage! – and transforming it into compost instead, we’ll also be removing 31% of garbage space with the (blue) recycling carts.

    The more we divert, the less garbage we will have for our black carts – which is why we can move garbage collection to a bi-weekly schedule, with organics and recycling pickup every week.

    By introducing an organic waste collection, and further diverting waste from our garbage that can be recycled and reused, we can make critical steps forward in our communities to preserve our landfill space, reduce GHG emissions and avoid other, costly infrastructure upgrades.

  • Get the App, Play the Game & Hone Your Skills!

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    Did you know we have an app to help you sort and keep track of collection schedules?

    About the App

    As we gear up for launch of the new three-stream waste collection service for organics, recycling and garbage in November, west coast residents can get a head start on staying in the know with Sort’nGo by downloading the ‘Sort'nGo ACRD’ app for iPhones or Androids, available on the Apple Store and Google Play:

    • access collection schedule alerts
    • use the waste wizard tool to properly dispose of your items
    • Find out which cart items belong – or where to take them if they aren’t accepted roadside

    Play the Sorting Game

    There are five levels to move through as you decide which items belong where: the green cart, the blue cart, the black cart, the WC landfill or the local recycling depot! Drag and drop and find out how much you know about diverting your waste streams!

    No Mobile Device?

    For those without handheld devices, the app is also available in desktop format – so follow the link and save to your bookmarks for easy access! api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD


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