|Residential Garbage Pickup
Starting June 16, 2008 all garbage MUST be in garbage bags no larger than 26” x 38” or it will not be removed.
Starting on June 16th, 2008, guidelines for household garbage are as follows:
- Bags must be tagged with a garbage tag around the neck of the bag.
- Bags must be out by 7:00 a.m. on the designated day of the week
- Bags must NOT include garden clippings OR construction material
- Bags must be less than 50 lbs
Garbage bags will NOT be picked up if:
- The garbage bag is larger than 26” x 38” (extra large bags will not be picked up)
- The garbage can has loose garbage inside
- Garbage is placed in the garbage can in small kitchen bags or shopping bags
- The standard-sized bags cannot be easily removed from the garbage can
BLUE BAG RECYCLING IS STARTING IN NELSON
Beginning the week of June 16th, 2008, the City of Nelson, in conjunction with the Regional District of Central Kootenay, is making the shift to Blue Bag recycling.
The recycling depot at the end of Baker Street will be closed permanently on June 16, 2008. The Transfer Station located at 70 Lakeside Drive will remain open. The Blue Bag program will not accept any glass. Bins for glass, Blue Bags, and cardboard will be made available at this location. City of Nelson residents do not need to take their recyclable materials to the recycling depot. Participation is easy. Simply collect recyclable materials together in any clear, blue-tinted, plastic bag (max size 26” x 38” ). On the same day as garbage pick-up, place the Blue Bag out for collection in the usual spot beside any bags of household garbage. Items that are accepted include mixed paper, food and beverage cans, cardboard (small volumes please), newspaper, and rigid food-grade plastics displaying the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, or 7. Residents will be expected to provide their own Blue Bags. Blue Bags must be clear, blue-tinted, and plastic with a max size of 26” x 38” or they cannot be accepted as part of the program. Acceptable bags are available for purchase at a number of local merchants. Additional information will be provided in a household mailer and in PDF format in this Blue Bag Pamphlet.
Residential Garbage Pickup Map (PDF format)
2010 Garbage Collection Schedule (PDF Format)
Where to Purchase Garbage Tags:
City Hall Cashier
The Real Canadian Wholesale Club
Where to dispose of waste in Nelson
Waste Reduction Information:
What You Can Do
Garbage Odour Control
The easiest way to control odours from garbage is to keep potentially smelly items out of your garbage.
1. Backyard composting will remove fruit and vegetable matter from the waste stream and create nutritious compost for your garden. Composting is odour-free when properly done, and will not attract animals. The key is an equal mix of green material (kitchen scraps) and brown material (dried leaves, straw). Adding lime can help too.
2. Meat and fish scraps (and vegetable scraps, if necessary) can be frozen until collection day; just keep a bag or sealed container in your freezer for that purpose.
3. Consider other options to disposable diapers. Convenient and cost-effective alternatives, such as cloth diapers with flushable liners, are available from local shops.
To control odour in the can, and prevent animals from being attracted, here are some ideas:
1. Use a solid garbage can with a lid that seals. Store it in a shed, garage or other animal-proof structure.
2. Double-bag smelly garbage.
3. Add ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup of borax to the garbage can to absorb odours and inhibit the growth of odour-producing molds and bacteria. Or add a handful of mothballs.
4. Use commercial odour-absorbing products, available at your local hardware store. These are more effective than odour-masking products.
Bear Aware Program
Recycling Council of British Columbia