A small tote (132 litre/35 gal) can hold approximately 1-2 regular sized (75L) garbage bags. A medium tote (246 litre/65 gal) can hold approximately 2-3 regular sized (75L) garbage bags. A large tote (356 litre/95 gal) can hold approximately 4-5 regular sized (75L) garbage bags.
After March 16, 2015, tote size exchanges will only occur one time each year. Residents can visit or call Municipal Hall at 604.815.5010 to request a different tote size at any time, but you will not receive your tote until the end of the year, and changes to your utility bill will take effect January 1 of the following year. Starting January 1, 2016, there will be a $25 fee to exchange your tote.
Residents who currently have a small or large tote may keep their tote without submitting a ‘size selection’ form. Residents who wish to continue with a large bin size will now pay directly through their Solid Waste Utility fee and will no longer receive any bills from Carney’s for this size.
Totes will be exchanged on a garbage collection day in early July.
No – your garbage and recycling totes will continue to be collected bi-weekly. Check your schedule or sign up for our email / phone call reminders on the Collection Schedule page.
Starting in May 2015, the District of Squamish will be providing bi-weekly residential curbside organics collection for single family houses, duplexes and some townhouses through a contract with Carney's Waste Systems. Townhouse and apartment complexes that receive commercial waste collection can contact their provider to discuss options for organics collection
Organic waste accounts for nearly 45% of all garbage, yet it is a reusable resource. Collecting organic material separately from garbage helps to extend the life of the landfill, limits greenhouse gas production from the landfill and produces a valuable soil amendment.
Backyard composting is the most environmentally friendly way to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps and yard trimmings. If you backyard compost, please continue to do so. Use your organics tote for items that are not suitable for composting safely in your backyard, such as cooked plate scrapings, meat, fish, dairy and grains.
More frequent collection would substantially increase the Solid Waste Utility fees paid by residents. The District of Squamish has attempted to keep costs low while still delivering good service. The District is aware of a variety of municipalities across BC who manage successful bi-weekly organics collection programs.
Just like your garbage tote, the organics tote has the potential to attract bears and other wildlife. The District of Squamish Wildlife Attractant Bylaw states that all wildlife attractants must be made inaccessible. The new organics tote is outfitted with a new and improved locking system and reinforced lid. The tote should be properly locked with both locks at all times, except on collection day.
Plastic bags are not permitted in the green totes. This applies to all types of plastic bags including biodegradable and compostable bags. Municipalities that have allowed compostable plastic bags in their organics programs report higher levels of contamination from all types of plastic, and the non-compostable plastics are much harder for the compost facility to identify and sort out. Paper bags, newspaper, or specially designed paper kitchen catcher liners (e.g. Bag to Earth) are an acceptable alternative.
If you currently have a yard waste tote supplied by Carney’s it will be replaced with a new bear-proof tote with the improved locking system.
At this time, the District is not offering a size selection for organics totes.
At this time, the District only provides the medium (246 litre) recycling bin as part of the residential curbside collection program. Residents may contact Carney’s Waste Systems to inquire about additional services at 604.892.5604.
Recycling, when it occasionally overloads your tote, can always be taken directly to the Landfill (open 7 days a week), or Carney’s (open Monday to Saturday). Drop-off is free at both locations. Remember though to break down boxes, which helps provide more room in your tote.
No – your recycling will continue to be collected bi-weekly. Check your schedule or sign up for our email / phone call reminders on the Collection Schedule page. Please note that plastic bags, glass and Styrofoam are not accepted in your curbside tote, but can be dropped off at Carney’s Recycle Centre or the Squamish landfill.
Yard waste collection will take place during the weeks of April 13 to 17 and April 27 to May 1, 2015. After this time, the Organics totes will replace the seasonal yard waste program and will be collected year round.
It is not possible for individual residences to opt out of any portion of the solid waste services. The solid waste fees reflect the costs of providing all the solid waste services provided by the District including collection and processing of materials, staff time, and communications; there is no opportunity to break down the fees into their component parts. Whole townhouse complexes do have the option of receiving service directly from a commercial provider – contact the District if you would like to receive more information about this option.
It’s likely that at some point in the future there will be a ban on organic material at the Squamish Landfill. If you have alternative ways of managing all of your organic material (e.g. by dropping it off at Carney’s Recycle Center), then you can choose to either not use your organics tote, or not to receive one at all. Your solid waste fees will not change if you choose not to use or receive an organics tote. Contact the District if you do not want to receive an organics tote.
Home owners with secondary suites can choose to cancel their garbage service - only for the secondary suite. The District expects that tenants in secondary suites will then use the main (single family home) garbage/recycling/organics totes for their secondary suite.
The District will apply a 1% interest rate on tax and utility account prepayments. This will occur automatically. The rate is a provincially set rate of 1%.