Black bag ban

Vic­to­ria County to of­fi­cially elim­i­nate black bags start­ing Monday

Cape Breton Post - - News | Northside/Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

Res­i­dents of Vic­to­ria County will soon have no choice but to use clear bags for their garbage col­lec­tion.

As of Monday, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vic­to­ria County will no longer be col­lect­ing black bags. All house­hold waste must be sep­a­rated in clear bags for garbage, blue bags for re­cy­clables and green bags for com­post.

Jo­ce­lyn Bethune, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the county’s pub­lic works, said many res­i­dent have al­ready made the switch to clear bags.

“The clear bag pro­gram was in­tro­duced in Vic­to­ria County three years ago and it’s a pro­gram that most mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across Nova Sco­tia have,” she said. “The ben­e­fits of clear bags is to in­crease re­cy­cling and com­post, and that’s part of us meet­ing the provin­cial reg­u­la­tion to re­duce our waste.

“We asked res­i­dents three years ago to vol­un­tar­ily make the switch to clear bags and then we would have a manda­tory phase, and what’s hap­pen­ing now is we’re just mov­ing into the manda­tory phase.”

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vic­to­ria County passed the new by­law on May 8.

The by­law went into ef­fect on June 1 and un­der the by­law house­holds can be fined up to $1,000 for not sep­a­rat­ing plas­tic and pa­per.

Waste col­lec­tors will be­gin tag­ging black bags on Monday, of­fi­cially start­ing the re­jec­tion phase.

Bethune said res­i­dents will be al­lowed one pri­vacy bag per clear bag each week.

“Res­i­dents can use a kitchen-catcher size bag for per­sonal garbage, where res­i­dents are asked to tie that bag and place it in­side the clear bag,” she said. “A lot of res­i­dents for their pri­vacy ac­tu­ally use a plas­tic gro­cery bag.”

Along with curb­side col­lec­tion, black bags will also not be ac­cept­ing at trans­fer sta­tions in Bad­deck and Ding­wall, as well as re­cy­cling de­pots in Bad­deck and New Haven.

Bethune said res­i­dents have been given notice well in ad­vance of the change to clear bags.

“There was a news­let­ter that went out to all res­i­dents in Vic­to­ria County all about the re­jec­tion of black bags,” she said. “Last month when our col­lec­tors saw that some­body had put a black bag out, there was a sticker left, let­ting them know they col­lected their garbage this time, but in the days ahead that they wouldn’t be col­lect­ing them.”

Res­i­dents who want more in­for­ma­tion about the elim­i­na­tion of black bags or sort­ing their garbage, can con­tact Bethune at 902-295-2117 or visit the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s web­site at www.vic­to­ri­a­county.com.

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