One-Year Update on Automated Garbage Collection System

July 4, 2019

KIMBERLEY, BC – It has been a little over a year since the City of Kimberley implemented its Automated Garbage Collection Service. Thus far, Council and City staff are pleased with how the community has embraced the change.  And most importantly, the City has seen many positive changes since the implementation of the new system.

One of the most noteworthy changes is that there has been a 10% reduction in garbage utility fees for residents from $16.20 to $14.58 per quarter. The fee adjustment is the result of efficiencies realized with the automated system including reduced pick up days which requires less staff time and funds. The City looks forward to exploring other opportunities to further reduce these fees in the future.

Other positive changes to note have been that no workers have been injured while performing the garbage collection function since the elimination of the manual system. Prior to the introduction of the new truck, workers were at greater risk of injury due in part to the amount of lifting required. Also worth noting is that there has been an overall reduction in garbage related complaints to the City.

The new system has not been without some struggle. The City is still seeing some issues with regards to the way residents are utilizing the bins. The City would like to remind homeowners of the following program instructions that if followed, will help further the positive impact that the automated garbage collection is having on the community. Residents are asked to please:

1. Refrain from overfilling the cart. The cart must be able to close completely;
2. Ensure garbage is bagged and tied. No loose garbage in the bin please;
3. Ensure proper cart placement. One meter of clearance is required on all sides;
4. Place carts out for collection no earlier than 5:00am and no later than 7:00am on your collection day.

As we continue to track progress of the implementation of the Automated Garbage Collection System, we will begin to investigate curbside pick-up of recyclables and organics. Recent statistics released from the RDEK indicate a desire by the community to look further into the implementation of these curbside collection opportunities. We will keep residents informed of this investigation in the coming months. For further information please contact the Operations desk at 250-427-9660 or email operations@kimberley.ca.

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