Landfill open for extra garbage, meant to help transition to bi-weekly pick-up
With bi-weekly garbage collection schedule set to roll out Oct. 1, residents will have to adapt to new redefined zones in the city.
The former collection system operated on five different geographical areas will now be split up into nine different zones.
“We’ve essentially taken out the existing areas that were there and more or less cut them in half. The routes (for the drivers) will remain the same, except we’ll have less trucks on the road doing the collection because the zones will be smaller,” said Darrin Stephanson, municipal operations manager for the City of Moose Jaw.
The municipality has indicated a bi-weekly schedule will reduce costs and save space in the dump. It would also reduce the carbon footprints of the city’s sanitation truck fleet.
This fall’s regular free landfill access coincides with the shift to biweekly pick-up. Stephanson said the change might actually help residents.
“The benefit there is that it will help people with the initial adjustment if their garbage is filling up too quickly,” he said.
“We do this program twice a year in the spring and in the fall. It’s designed to help residents get (their) yard clean up done,” Stephanson said.
The City of Moose Jaw has waived the $10 entry fee at the dump located on 1802 Caribou Street East between Oct. 1 and 14. Residents may only dump what they can fit in their vehicles for each trip.
“It’s meant to be residential waste. We wouldn’t be looking to accept trailers loads full of shingles,” he said.
Hours of operation for the facility are Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those with oil or antifreeze, they can dispose of it at the designated Eco-Center at the depot.
The city plans to unveil full details for the bi-weekly collection early next week, including a timetable for the remainder of 2017.
“Everyone will have a new schedule that will be publicized in the coming week in all kinds of formats, including direct mail-outs through Canada Post to every home in the city,” said Stephanson.
Moose Jaw is changing its bi-weekly schedule to preserve the depot. At this time, they estimate they will only be able to operate the dump for the next two years before they need to expand their current facility or create a new one.
City residents are going to have to adjust to the new garbage zones.