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New Green Bin Program rolls out to first Vancouver neighbourhoods this week

May 1 2013

Kitchen container

The City will begin to change the frequency of garbage collection and Green Bin service for houses and duplexes starting this Wednesday, May 1. The first residents to see the change will be in the ‘green’ north collection zone (Manitoba Street to Welwyn Street, and 37th Avenue north to Great Northern Way). The service is switching to weekly Green Bin and Blue Box pick-up, with garbage collection every other week.

Over the next 10 weeks, the service change will roll-out to every zone in the City and will be complete by July 11, covering over 100,000 homes.

The City is taking several steps to make the transition as easy as possible. The first notification households will receive is a postcard in the mail, followed by a tag hanging on their garbage bin to remind them of the upcoming changes. Shortly before their service actually changes, residents in houses and duplexes will receive a green kitchen container on their doorstep, full of useful information including a new program brochure and calendar.

The City also offers a new service, called Recollect, which allows residents to look up their collection day on-line and sign up for automatic reminders of their service days and when to put their bins out for emptying. There are now over 10,000 people using Recollect, with a 104% increase in sign-ups over the last week. Visit vancouver.ca/greenbin and access the garbage schedule page to check your service day and sign up for email, telephone, text or twitter reminders.  A mobile app will be coming soon.

For more information on the Green Bin Program, including a map of the different zones for service delivery, visit vancouver.ca/greenbin.

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