Waste op­por­tu­nity

Land­fill open for ex­tra garbage, meant to help tran­si­tion to bi-weekly pick-up

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA SAN­TOS

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.

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City res­i­dents are go­ing to have to ad­just to the new garbage zones.

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