Sanitation/Recycling Collection Changes - Effective Oct.1
Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon would like to remind residents that changes to the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal By-law, approved by Brandon City Council this past June, will come into effect on Oct.1st, 2012.
Among the changes that will come into effect on Oct.1st will be the switch from a five-day collection cycle to a four-day collection cycle, occurring on Tuesday through Friday of each week. That means beginning Tuesday, Oct.2nd, residents will see their refuse and recycling picked up on the same day of the week, every week. The change also provides for two extra collection days each year.
“The huge advantage to going to a four-day collection cycle will be the fact that a resident’s pick-up day will only be minimally affected by long weekends and Civic holidays,” says City of Brandon Director of Public Works Ian Broome. “A four-day cycle is also advantageous to the City of Brandon because it means that Monday will now be a consistent maintenance day for our sanitation trucks.”
A full-color map of the new four-day refuse and recycling collection schedule can be viewed at http://brandon.ca/departments/operations/sanitation/new-collection-info. Residents should also watch forthcoming editions of the Brandon Sun Community News and the Westman Journal in September for a route schedule and calendar, which they can cut out and keep for reference.
Beginning Oct.1, the City of Brandon will also require residents with back lane refuse and recycling pick-up to store the bins assigned to them on their property on non- collection days. Residents will be required to place their bin in the back laneway no more than 12 hours prior to collection day and must return the bins to their property no more than 24 hours of being emptied on collection day.
“This is already a current requirement of residence with front-lane pick-up and we felt that we needed to make it a requirement for back lane pick-up as well,” Broome said. “When carts are left in the laneway, empty or half-empty carts are often tipped by our Sanitation Department when they don’t need to be. They are often contaminated by those who don’t know about or don’t follow the proper refuse and recycling disposal guidelines, and they can also fall victim to vandalism or damage.”
“It currently costs the City approximately $75,000 each year to deal with all these issues, so we felt we needed to make this change to ensure a more efficient collection system that minimizes the unnecessary emptying of back lane carts, reduces back lane congestion and provide a greater aesthetic appeal for the City,” he said.
Non-compliance relating to the removal of bins from back lanes on non-collection days will result in residents first being warned and then potentially fined, as per the City of Brandon’s 2012 Fee Schedule.
Broome notes that the City of Brandon offers a set-out, set-back service, free of charge, to individuals who can supply an appropriate medical note indicating there is no able-bodied person at their residence to perform such a task.
Additional initiatives relating to solid waste collection are in the works for the City of Brandon, with an expanded curbside household organics program set to roll out to approximately 5,500 households in the spring of 2013. A strategy to deal with solid waste and recycling collection for multi-family residences of 7 or more dwelling units is also forthcoming, with an administrative recommendation set to come to Brandon City Council for discussion on Sept.17th.