Curbside collection of organics is coming to West Hants joining the 45 other municipal units in the Province that provide the service.
Since November 1998, organics have been banned from landfills. The expansion to include green cart collection for all areas serviced in West Hants would increase diversion potential 18% above the back-yard composting program currently being used in the region.
Green carts – FAQ
• Are there options on the size of the cart? It is expected there will be a couple of cart sizes available to choose from. A standard size will be provided with a smaller one available for those that would like it.
• Do I have to take a cart if I don’t want it? Each property will be provided a cart which will stay with the property. You may choose not to use it, and as long as there are no organics in your garbage or recyclables, your other materials will still be collected.
• Can I still backyard compost? Yes. It is your choice to either backyard compost or place it in the cart for collection.
• What goes in a green cart? All food waste is organic and can be placed in the cart including meat, bones, fish, dairy etc. that cannot go in a backyard composter. Soiled paper, paper towels/napkins and pizza boxes also go in the cart. Small amounts of leaf and yard waste will also be accepted. Clean corrugated cardboard (two flat sides with a wavy layer in between) still goes for recycling rather than in the cart.
• When will the collection start and how often will it be emptied? Starting April 1, 2018 with the roll out of the carts taking several weeks. The carts will be emptied every two weeks and placed out on garbage day.
• I have a long driveway and it will be difficult to get the cart from my house to the road. What can I do about this? This concern has been expressed in every area where carts have been provided. Once receiving a cart, many residents find they are easier to manage than they thought. Some suggestions are to leave the cart close to the road and carry materials to it or opt for a smaller cart.
• Can I use compostable bags to put my organics in and help keep the cart clean? Compostable plastic bags will not be accepted. Paper bags, boxboard (e.g. cereal boxes) and newspaper are all good ways to package organics to make it easier to get it to the cart and keep it clean. People may choose to keep their scraps in the freezer and only put them in the cart when it is collection day.