Kitchen Scraps & Garbage Program
At the City of Victoria, we're gearing up for changes to residential garbage collection and the addition of kitchen scraps collection starting in February 2013.
- Starting in February 2013, kitchen scraps and garbage will be collected from your backyard every two weeks, and the empty bins will be left at the front of your property.
- By separating kitchen scraps from garbage 1/3 of what was “garbage” will be diverted from the landfill and composted instead.
- The annual cost of the standard Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program will now be $183 per residential unit, per year- a $19 reduction in cost from your current garbage only service ($202).
- New trucks are being ordered to replace the older trucks and to allow for the pick-up of both garbage and kitchen scraps.
- New standardized collection bins that work with the new trucks will be supplied to every household.
Request a Helping Hand: If you have a mobility challenge and are unable to return your empty bins to their original location, please call 250.361.0448 to request this service.
What goes in my Green Bin?
Kitchen scraps include:
- Food leftovers: including meat, fish, poultry, bones, dairy products, bread, solidified fats and grease, fruit and vegetables and plate scrapings.
- Soiled paper products: including paper towels and tissues, food packaging such as used paper cups and plates.
What goes in my Grey Bin?
- Make-up remover pads, cotton swabs and balls
- Dental floss, rubber bands
- Dryer sheets, lint
- Cigarettes and butts
- Vacuum contents and bags
- Pet food bags and other lined bags
- Foil chip and cookie bags
- Butter wrappers
- Bagged pet feces or litter
- Bread clips or ties
- Diapers, baby wipes
- Sanitary hygiene products
Why a new Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program?
- Less waste: By taking kitchen scraps out of the garbage, Victoria will reduce the amount of material going to the landfill by 30%, diverting as much as 1,500 tonnes of organics from the Hartland Landfill each year.
- Use less/pay less: The new system will allow you to choose a standard, smaller or larger grey bin for garbage, allowing people with less garbage to pay less.
- Local compost: Your kitchen scraps will become fertilizer or compost.
- Smaller carbon footprint: Kitchen scraps create greenhouse gases in our landfill. By composting our kitchen scraps, we will shrink our community's carbon footprint.
- Safer: The risk of worker injury will be reduced through the use of mechanically-lifted bins.
Questions and Answers:
When we get questions about this program we post the answers up here: Questions & Answers.
For more information:
If you have questions please call 250-361-0448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Go to Top