It’s not just recycling that’s starting to pile up in Vancouver.
It appears as if trash and green bin pick-up is also way behind schedule.
Earlier this week residents were complaining about recycling pick-up, or lack there of.
The organization that now runs Vancouver’s recycling program says the weather – not the switch to private contractors – is behind missed pickups.
The complaints have stretched to garbage and green bin pick-ups, with city-wide delays.
The city is addressing the issue but there’s a catch – you have to drop it off.
Because of snow and ice on hills and laneways, officials have opened Vancouver’s South Transfer Station and will accept residential garbage at no cost December 24, 26 and 27th.
Statement from the City:
Collection in areas with hills or steep laneways has been extremely difficult and in some cases unsafe due to the ice and slippery conditions. The City and MMBC’s first priority is safety – both for workers and for residents. We are prioritizing the safety of workers and residents by ensuring they aren’t asked to work in dangerous, icy conditions that could lead to accidents, injury, or unintended damage to property (from sliding down hills into vehicles or residences). To improve safe access in hard-to-service areas, City crews have redirected and prioritized available snow equipment to salt laneways that are frozen over. The City works closely with MMBCs contractors to coordinate salting operations based on daily recycling collection schedules.