Greener Garbage Collection
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Keeping your Organics cart clean
- Organics Recycling Guide
- Program User Guide
- Cart Information
- Assistance Program
- Clean Carts and Containers & Compostable Bags
- What goes in my organics recycling cart?
- Yard trimmings can be added too!
- Collection Schedule Search and Sign Up for Collection Day Reminders
- Copy of June 2013 Mail out - Cart Selection Card and Assistance Program Registration
- Archive Information: 2012 Kitchen Scraps Recycling Pilot Project
We are committed to making your transition to Greener Garbage Collection as easy as possible.
Let us know if you have questions or comments about how we can improve the collection program, or if you need assistance.
Solid Waste Services
Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
Greener Garbage Information Line: 250-475-5533
By providing a service that is easy and convenient, we can keep organics out of the landfill and make our community cleaner, greener and more sustainable.
2015 Waste Collection Schedule
Please be advised that every year the garbage collection schedule is modified to accommodate new routing requirements. We do our best to minimize service disruptions although some residents will go over the regular bi-weekly pick up from December 24, 2014 to January 13, 2015. For these residents, we will accept one additional garbage bag placed curbside with your cart on your first collection day in January.
To view and/or download your 2015 collection schedule, click on the orange link above. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Solid Waste Services at 250-475-5595.
Recycling Tips for the Holidays
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas trees can be brought to a tree chipping event, organized by local organizations.
Remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands and plastic bags from Christmas trees prior to disposal.
Organics Recycling: (Organics Recycling Guide)
- Meat, Poultry and Fish including bones.
- All food plate scraps.
- Food soiled paper products including napkins, paper plates and cups.
- Houseplants, cut and dried flowers.
- Paper gift wrap.
- Smaller sized cardboard.
- Paper towel rolls.
CRD Blue Box:
- Clean, flattened aluminum foil can be placed in your blue box.
- Place glass items (jars and bottles) with lids removed in a separate blue box or container.
Visit myrecyclopedia.ca for a complete list of your recycling options.
- Foil, cellophane and other non-paper gift wrap.
- Plastic bows and ribbon.
- Disposable cutlery.
Cart Exchange Request Procedure
A $30 cart exchange fee will be applied to all new requests for exchanges and returns. This fee will be charged to your next available utility bill and pertains to upsizing, downsizing and cart removal. There is no fee for ordering additional carts.
How to request a cart exchange
Print, complete and sign the Garbage and Organics Recycling Cart Exchange Request Form and return to Utility Billing via fax, email or drop off (information available on the form). The form is to be completed by the property owner or designated agent due to the $30 associated fee. The form must be completed in full including your initial to acknowledge the $30 cart exchange fee along with a valid signature. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
Completed requests will be processed within 2-3 weeks of receipt. Leave your carts visible and accessible for crews to facilitate the exchange.
Greener Garbage Collection Program
Divert your kitchen scraps from your garbage and place in your Organics Recycling cart. Bring carts, garbage and organics recycling (including yard trimmings), curbside by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day. Garbage and Organics Recycling will be collected separately on the same day.
Reminder: Place carts curbside by 7am. There are two truck passes, one for each waste stream, approximately 2 hrs apart. Ensure your carts are empty prior to pulling them in as the collection of the other cart will be missed if not curbside.
Cart Placement is VERY Important
The truck's mechanical arm needs room to pick up and empty your cart. Please ensure you leave space all around your carts without impeding travel lanes (sidewalks, cycling lane or the roadway) and away from obstacles such as cars, poles, and utility boxes. Unless you have been contacted with specific instructions, please place your carts out as follows:
As an Added BONUS Yard Trimmings Will Be Collected Too!
Grass clippings, leaves, non-invasive prunings, plants and branches can be added to the organics recycling cart for collection every second week. This provides more opportunities for recycling, added convenience for households and enables further collection efficiencies. Curbside collection of yard trimmings will also reduce vehicle trips, congestion and waiting time at Saanich's Garden Recycling Drop-off.
REUSE or RECYCLE Your Old Cans
REUSE: Disinfect your old garbage cans and use them for storing emergency supplies, collecting rainwater for your garden or for collecting extra Yard and Garden waste (that has not been commingled with kitchen scraps) for recycling at the Garden Recycling Drop-off at the Public Works Yard.
RECYCLE: Go to myrecyclopedia.ca for information on potential facilities that will accept your old cleaned garbage cans for recycling, Plastic or Metal. Call beforehand to inquire about any associated drop off fees.
Moving Carts to the Curb on Collection Day is Made Easy
The carts provided are designed for easy mobility with large wheels under a stable base to accommodate maneuvering in difficult weather, surface and grade conditions.
Households are asked to place their carts at the curb or in the mouth of driveways, oriented so the lids open toward the street on collection day and ensure they do not impede sidewalks, traffic and bicycle lanes.
Cart Size Exchanges
If the cart sizes you received are not to your satisfaction, they can be exchanged for different sizes for three months once the program starts. After the three months (ending June 30, 2014), a cart exchange administrative fee of $30 will be applied. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.475.5533.
Additions or reductions in fees due to cart size changes and return, repair or replace fees will be charged on the next available utility bill. Charges will not be prorated retroactively.
Due to the high volume of cart exchange and additional cart requests, delivery will take approximately 2-4 weeks. In the meantime, if you have extra garbage, stickers can be purchased and placed on extra bags and brought curbside with the regulation carts. The stickers are not accepted for Organics Recycling including yard trimmings. Excess yard trimmings (not co-mingled with kitchen scraps) can be brought to the Garden Recycling Drop-off at the Public Works Yard (1040 McKenzie Avenue). Garden Recycling Drop-Off Info & Web Cam
Extra Garbage and Stickers
Extra bags of garbage will be collected with a proof of payment sticker, issued by the Corporation, affixed to the bag. Each extra bag of garbage shall not exceed 25kg. Residential stickers are currently $3 per bag and bags can be placed curbside with your regulation cart for collection. Stickers only apply extra garbage and not to extra organic recycling. Stickers can be purchased at the Saanich Municipal Hall, Saanich Public Works Yard or any of the Saanich Recreation Centres.
An Assistance Program is Provided
An Assistance program will be provided to residents with temporary or permanent mobility challenges who do not have someone to take their carts to the curb for them and if there is no able-bodied person over 18 years of age living in the residence. Solid Waste Services staff will assess each request and work directly with residents to ensure their needs are addressed and a satisfactory level of collection service is provided at no additional cost.
If you require curbside assistance, please contact us and we will send you an application form to complete.
Kitchen Scraps Goes Beyond Composting
Households that already backyard compost are encouraged to continue to do so as it is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste. Kitchen scraps recycling complements backyard composting by accepting a wider range of food waste that may not be suitable for backyard composting such as cooked food, meat, bones, fish, baked goods, food-soiled paper and soiled food packaging.
If you’ve been using a garburator, now you can put your kitchen scraps to good use by placing them in your organics recycling cart instead. It’s easy, creates compost and saves wear and tear on your pipes and plumbing too!
Invasive species are plants that impact the native ecosystem and may also pose risks to human and animal health. As such, invasive species are not accepted in the Organics Recycling cart. For information on the disposal and handling of invasive plants, visit www.invasives.saanich.ca
See how to make your own kitchen container liner from newspaper or watch the video!
Why can't I use plastic or biodegradable bags?
Plastic and biodegradable bags contain plastic and cannot be processed with your organics into compost. If plastic or biodegradable bags are used, the organics recycling will not be collected because it cannot be recycled or taken to the landfill because of the food scraps ban.
Plastic bags that are labeled 'degradable', 'biodegradable' or 'oxo-degradable', but do not carry the below logo will not be accepted.
How do I know I’m using compostable bags?
Compostable bags and paper bag liners are available in many sizes at most local retailers (check at your local grocery or home hardware stores). Certified compostable bags are accepted in the Organics Recycling Cart and Kitchen Container and are identified by the following logos from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) or the Bureau de normalisation du Quebec (BNQ):
Collection Service Costs
In 2013, Saanich garbage collection customers paid $156 for solid waste services; this fee appeared as a separate line item on the property tax notice. In 2014, property owners will pay an annual base fee of $105 for solid waste services plus an annual *cart fee for their garbage and organics recycling carts. These fees will be included on a utility bill instead of the property tax notice.
* The cart fees being charged cover the ongoing costs for disposal and processing of garbage and organics recycling collected in the carts at the Hartland landfill and compost facility - they are not cart rental fees.
Additional carts will be available to single and multi-family households for an additional cart fee. Garbage and organics recycling will be collected separately on the same day, every second week. Saanich will maintain its current sticker and special pick-up programs for garbage. Extra garbage stickers are not permitted for Organics Recycling. Extra Yard and Garden Waste, not commingled with Kitchen Scraps, can be brought down to the Garden Recycling Drop-Off at the Public Works Yard. Cart sizes and fees are listed below.
Literature / Brochures
- In May 2013, watch your mailbox for information about Greener Garbage Collection.
- In June 2013, watch your mailbox for your cart size selection card and assistance program application.
- In December 2013, new collection schedules will be available (starting April 2014 garbage and organics recycling will be collected on the same day).
- In January and February 2014, carts and containers will be delivered to households and residents are asked to store their carts until the program begins.
- After your last garbage collection in March 2014, start separating your kitchen scraps from your garbage.
- Your FIRST collection in April 2014, curbside collection of garbage and organics recycling will begin
- March 31st - April 12th, bring your old cleaned garbage cans into the Public Works Yard for recycling (See above for details on where to recycle your old cleaned cleaned garbage cans.)
- April 1st - June 30th 2014, Cart Exchanges can be made free of charge. After June 30th a $30 cart exchange administration fee will apply.
Greener Garbage Collection will take 12 months to fully implement across the Municipality.
Greener Garbage Collection Starts April 2014
The District of Saanich is pleased to introduce Greener Garbage Collection.
Starting April 2014, Saanich residential garbage customers will be asked to divert kitchen scraps, food leftovers and food-soiled paper products from their household garbage for pick-up in a separate organics recycling cart. A great new feature of Greener Garbage Collection is that yard trimmings can be added to the organics recycling cart for collection too.
To collect both garbage and organics recycling efficiently and control costs, Saanich will change to automated curbside collection where carts are emptied from the curb using a mechanical arm on a truck, instead of collectors going into backyards to retrieve, lift and empty cans by hand. Assistance programs will be available for those not able to place their carts curbside on collection day.
In June 2013, customers were asked to choose cart sizes that work best for their household.
All Saanich garbage customers will receive a green default sized 120-litre organics recycling cart and a grey default sized garbage cart unless smaller, larger or additional carts were selected.
Carts will be delivered to households starting January 2, 2014 through February 2014 and include a kitchen container for daily collection of kitchen scraps, a supply of compostable bags, information on curbside cart placement and recycling tips. The carts will be clearly marked belonging to the District of Saanich and registered to each property address by serial number and electronic tag.
Your Kitchen Container will be delivered inside one of your carts.
Why Greener Garbage Collection?
- Recycling kitchen scraps is the single most effective thing we can do for our environment. Kitchen scraps are the largest single item in our waste stream - making up more than 30% of what we throw away.
- To meet the region's waste diversion goals, the CRD will be phasing out organic waste at the landfill, with a full ban on kitchen scraps effective January 1, 2015.
- Recycling kitchen scraps reduces garbage and greenhouse gas emissions, extends the life of the Hartland landfill and turns a valuable resource into a useful product.
Providing organics recycling is a big step towards making Saanich cleaner, greener and more sustainable and will substantially reduce the amount of garbage taken to the landfill. With the ban on kitchen scraps at the landfill coming into effect January 1, 2015, Saanich is providing more opportunities for customers to recycle, choose cart sizes that work best for their household and divert more than 8,000 tonnes of organics from the landfill every year. The organics recycling collected from more than 31,300 Saanich households will be recycled into nutrient-rich compost.
Sustainable Saanich – Sustainable Solutions
Saanich residents will divert an estimated 8,000 tonnes of compostable material from the landfill every year and reduced private vehicles trips to the Garden Recycling Drop-off and fleet replacement will eliminate an estimated 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas - significant steps in making our community cleaner, greener and more sustainable.