Saanich residents will likely lose their backyard garbage collection as part of the municipalitys move to divert kitchen scraps from the landfill.
Pickup would shift to the curb and garbage and kitchen scraps would be collected at the same time, said Paul Murray, Saanich chief administrative officer.
If approved, the change to curbside service, including kitchen-scrap pickup, wont be fully implemented until at least 2014. The Capital Regional District has said kitchen scraps will be banned from the Hartland landfill as of Jan. 1, 2015.
Sticking with backyard pickup for both garbage and kitchen scraps once the ban comes into effect would almost double costs for homeowners, Murray said staff predict annual user fees would rise to $275 to $300 from an estimated $150 to $180. The cost to the homeowner [would go] up very, very substantially.
Murray expects to have a report, including a recommendation for curbside pickup, before councillors in early November. Those physically unable to haul a tote to the curb would be able to register to have their garbage and organics collected from the backyard, he said.
Saanich currently provides biweekly backyard garbage-collection service to 31,655 households.
For the dual pickup service, the municipality will have to buy more than 30,000 wheeled totes as well as some new trucks capable of co-collection.
To do backyard with kitchen waste and garbage is very expensive because you literally have to send two pickup trucks down each driveway, said Mayor Frank Leonard, adding he was surprised at the general acceptance of curbside pickup during a pilot kitchen-scraps program run by Saanich this spring.
Saanich collected both kitchen scraps and garbage at the curb from about 583 households earlier this year in the program, hailed as a success.
The pilot achieved a 37 per cent diversion rate 19.4 tonnes of kitchen scraps were diverted from the landfill. The vast majority of people were quite happy to change to curbside, Leonard said.
In fact, 35 per cent of Saanich households already voluntarily haul their garbage to the curb.
People who have moved here from other communities just assume it was curbside and theyve been saving our crews time by putting it out to the curb, Leonard said.
Saanich will be eligible for CRD incentives of $80,000 in each of 2013 and 2014 to begin separating out kitchen scraps.
If garbage loads are not separated at the source, the CRD will assess surcharges in 2014 of $358,000 on Saanich loads containing kitchen scraps.
In February, the City of Victoria, which is also implementing a kitchen-scraps program, decided to adopt a hybrid model of collection in which city crews continue with backyard collection of trash and kitchen scraps but leave the empty totes at the curb.
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