Automated Curbside Collection Carts Rolling Out to Courtenay and Comox in 2024
March 23, 2023
The City of Courtenay and the Town of Comox are collaborating on a new automated residential collection service launching in January 2024 for residents receiving curbside collection service.
The new automated collection service will use specially designed, easy-to-roll carts with lids. The new collection trucks will have mechanical arms operated by the driver inside the truck's cab. The arms will grab, lift and empty the materials in the carts, and then return the carts to the curb.
The City and Town will distribute three new wheeled carts to each eligible household before the automated service starts – one cart for each material, for bi-weekly recycling and garbage, and weekly organics (food and yard waste).
The upcoming shift to automated collection follows a competitive bid process that the City and Town undertook in the summer of 2022. Halton Environmental (operating as Emterra Environmental) was awarded the contract to provide three-stream automated curbside collection over a 10-year term.
Comox and Courtenay are working together with a shared goal of making the transition to automated curbside collection as easy as possible. Watch for updates and information about the program change throughout 2023 as details are finalized. Visit the Comox and Courtenay websites for an overview of the program along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Quotes from Mayor Wells & Mayor Minions:
City of Courtenay
“We are excited about what this means for the City. By bringing our waste collection service in line with other cities in the province, we will increase efficiency, improve reliability, and reduce the risk of workplace injuries,” says City of Courtenay Mayor, Bob Wells.
“The shift, to automated collection, will have a positive impact on our community and we expect to see a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions generated by the collection vehicles as well as increased diversion of materials from our landfill. This is a critical step towards increasing our diversion targets to 90% of residential, industrial, commercial and institutional waste, including 100% of organic waste, by 2050, as set in our Official Community Plan.”
Town of Comox
“We understand it will take time to adjust to a new curbside collection service,” said Comox Mayor, Nicole Minions. “This is why we are taking the next several months before the new carts are delivered to increase awareness about the new program and provide regular communication to assist in the transition. The new service offers us one more way to support environmental stewardship: by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”