Sort'nGo Organics – West Coast

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A new waste collection service is pulling up to curbs in Fall 2022! Beginning November, 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.

By diverting organics from the West Coast Landfill, we can reduce greenhouse gases, save valuable space while extending the life 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.


Calling All Vacation Rental Owners in Tofino & Ucluelet!
We are reaching out to vacation rental owners in Tofino and Ucluelet for feedback on the best ways of communicating with guests about the
new Sort’nGo roadside collection service for organics, recycling and garbage. Ahead of the new service, we want to know what tools and methods could help support and educate your guests on best practices for sorting and collection. Share your ideas with us here: www.letsconnectacrd.ca/ideas


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 curbs in Fall 2022! Beginning November, 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.

By diverting organics from the West Coast Landfill, we can reduce greenhouse gases, save valuable space while extending the life 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.


Calling All Vacation Rental Owners in Tofino & Ucluelet!
We are reaching out to vacation rental owners in Tofino and Ucluelet for feedback on the best ways of communicating with guests about the
new Sort’nGo roadside collection service for organics, recycling and garbage. Ahead of the new service, we want to know what tools and methods could help support and educate your guests on best practices for sorting and collection. Share your ideas with us here: www.letsconnectacrd.ca/ideas


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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  • 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:


  • Vacation Rental Owners - We Want to Hear From You!

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    We’re reaching out to vacation rental owners in Tofino and Ucluelet ahead of the new Sort'nGo roadside waste collection service for organic (food/yard) waste, recycling and garbage.

    We want to know how you would best like to communicate with your guests about requirements for sorting and waste collection.

    What tools/methods would best serve these needs? For example:

    • Digital materials - a dedicated web page, with access to the desktop app and printable documents
    • Printable materials for in your guest space - a tent card to display, a one-pager for the guest book or a standalone guidebook
    • Support & access to information - in-home sorting consultations, a phone hotline, or resources for interior bins and storage containers

    Your insights will help shape the tools and materials we use to reach out to vacation rental guests about Sort’nGo best practices. This will be critical to successfully managing your waste and preventing contamination in our waste streams – ensuring you aren’t left to deal with the consequences of bylaw infractions as a result!

    Share your ideas now: www.letsconnectacrd.ca/ideas


  • 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 bear-proof locking mechanisms certified by Wildsafe BC. 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 breakdown 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


  • What About the Bears?

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    We’ve been busy interacting with Tofino and Ucluelet residents at our in-person and online events, answering many great questions about the upcoming Sort’nGo roadside collection service launching this November! The big question on everyone’s minds right now is about bears, so we’d like to take a moment to address the concerns we’ve heard.

    How do we deal with bears or other animals/critters that may arise from setting out organic waste carts for roadside collection?

    Residents are already dealing with food and yard waste now – they are just putting it into their garbage. The new organics carts and the new garbage carts will come equipped with a certified bear-resistant lid locking mechanism that will reduce the chance of wildlife accessing the contents.

    The organics carts are certified and have proven successful in other communities for keeping pests out and keeping communities cleaner.

    What efforts is the ACRD undertaking to ensure a bear-smart community?

    The ACRD is part of the WildSafe BC Bear Stewardship Committee; a group that looks at addressing challenges and priorities for alike communities to enhance coexistence with bears, and improve public safety — this work is ongoing.

    What happens if carts are damaged or destroyed? How can residents help minimize wildlife interactions?

    Just like now, residents will be responsible for carts and any associated replacements costs. Along with the locking mechanisms and proper set out times, residents will need to consider common best practices to similar communities in BC where wildlife interactions, such as bears, are increased. These include:

    • Cart Storage – the (green) organic waste carts are best kept in a bear-resistant location, except during the day of pickup. This means keeping organic waste inside, in the basement, or in a bear-resistant outbuilding on the property. Sortn’Go carts also come with wheels for mobility and lids to guard against inclement weather.
    • Collection-day practices: organics pickup will be each week, which means residents will be asked to set out their organics cart at the curb on collection days just before the start time for collection trucks in both Tofino and Ucluelet. IMPORTANT: remember to unclasp your locking mechanisms from the cart on collection day, and hook them together. See the ‘how to’ on leaving green carts out for pickup.

    Find answers to more frequently asked questions about the upcoming Sort’nGo service for West Coast residents at: https://bit.ly/sortngo-west-coast-faqs

  • What Can & Can't Go in the Sort'nGo Carts?

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    Starting this November, west coast residents will begin diverting food and yard waste away from the garbage stream and out of the landfill, so that we can transform that organic waste into compost — extending the lifespan of the landfill and decreasing the harmful methane gases that are produced with organic waste is left buried under garbage.


    But with these changes comes updates to sorting items for roadside collection. Here are some tips to help residents hone their sorting skills ahead of the service launch! You can also play the sorting game or search items to sort on the Sort'nGO ACRD app, available for iPhones and Androids (desktop version: https://api.recollect.net/r/area/ACRD).


    What Can and Can't Go in the Organics (Green) Cart?

    Dos:

    • Food scraps, including meat, bones and dairy
    • Coffee grinds
    • Soiled papers like paper towels, cardboard, tissues and greasy pizza boxes
    • Yard waste including grass, leaves, small amounts of fallen fruit, and branches that are no bigger than 24 inches, or two feet, with a two-inch diameter (this is to ensure that material can get through the truck's “hopper” system).


    Don’ts:

    • Coffee pods
    • Stickers, bits of plastic or rubber bands from produce items
    • Garden tags or plastic accessories from planters/flowers
    • Aluminum foil
    • Pet feces
    • Compostable or biodegradable plastics (these labels aren't consistently regulated in the industry which means they may not break down as required and could end up contaminating the compost stream)
    • Invasive weeds from yard waste, such as Knotweeds and blackberry bushes. See a full list of noxious weeds on the BC Government website.


    Pet feces, produce stickers and accessories, coffee pods and invasive weeds should be disposed of in the garbage or at the West Coast Landfill, all other items can be dropped off at SonBird Refuse & Recycling in Tofino at 640 Warren Way, and in Ucluelet at 333 Forbes Road.


    What Can and Can't Go in the Recycling (Blue) Carts?

    Do's:

    Items that go in the blue cart for pickup remain the same:

    • 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
    • Empty aerosol cans


    Don’ts:

    • Styrofoam
    • Plastic bags
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Plastic straws
    • Squeeze tubes
    • Books


    Items that don't belong in the blue cart can be dropped off at SonBird Refuse & Recycling in Tofino at 640 Warren Way, and in Ucluelet at 333 Forbes Road (softcover/hardcover books can be donated to reuse centres or recycled).

  • Upsizing Organics & Garbage Carts

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    We’re launching a curbside organics collection for West Coast residents! The standard fee for the new service launching in November 2022 is $200/year.

    During September/October prior to launch, each home will receive one 120L organics cart (42Lx19Hx22Din) one 240L recycling cart (43Hx24Wx35Din) and one 120L garbage cart.

    Residents and homeowners who think they will need more organics or garbage collection capacity will be able to request larger carts, for an additional service fee and adjusted annual fee, after the new service launches in November (we recommend trying out your supplied carts and considering this food waste for thought before making adjustments). Please Note: Smaller recycling carts are not available.

    Cart Types

    Default

    Larger Organics

    Larger Garbage

    Larger Organics + Garbage

    Organics (green)

    120L

    240L

    120L

    240L

    Recycling (blue)

    240L

    240L

    240L

    240L

    Garbage (black)

    120L

    120L

    240L

    240L


    $200/year*

    $250/year*

    $350/year

    $450/year


    *These are accurate estimates but prices are subject to change. Requests for size change after the deadline will be subject to administration and cart change out fees.

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