Organics Curbside Collection

The Town of Gibsons’ organics curbside collection program was launched on April 1, 2018. Since then, Gibsons’ residents have successfully diverted close to 46% of their waste (by weight) from the Sechelt landfill. Instead, the organic waste is delivered to a state-of-the-art compost facility at Salish Soils, where it becomes rich, loamy soil.

Organics opt out program:

Town of Gibsons residents who correctly home compost 100% of their organic waste may apply to opt out of Gibsons’ curbside organics collection program by describing how they divert household organic waste from the landfill. Applications will be evaluated by Town staff and written decisions will be provided to all applicants. Download Schedule A* Request to Opt-Out of Organics Service 2020 herePlease note: 2020 Opt-Out Requests must be returned to Town Hall by Monday, March 16, 2020. *Schedule A will form part of Bylaw 1252-01, 2018, which is due to be amended in spring 2020. It is being made available here for our residents’ convenience.

Organics opt-out renewal program:

Once they have been officially approved to opt out of the organics curbside collection program, residents who still reside at the same address and who have maintained their home-composting practices may apply each year for renewal to the opt-out program. In this case, renewal/declaration forms will be sent to each qualified resident by mail or email. Alternately, previously qualified residents can download a 2020 Organics Opt Out Renewal Form here. Please note: 2020 Opt Out Renewal Forms must be returned to Town Hall by Monday, March 16, 2020.

Lock Your Curbside Caddies
Curbside Caddy with handle in “locked” position.

Ravens are highly intelligent, so it’s no surprise that they’ve figure out how to unlock our curbside caddies, to get to the organic waste inside. To keep them out, please ensure the handle is in the LOCKED position (that is, pushed all the way down in front of the bin, as shown in the photo at right) and not straight up and down.

Also, please place your organic waste in the larger “Curbside Caddy” before placing outside for collection, rather than placing the smaller “kitchen caddy” at the curb. We are finding the kitchen caddies tend to get run over and also do not hold up against wildlife as well as the larger containers.

Find Your Collection Days, Sign Up for Service Alerts, Learn How to Dispose of Any Item, Or Report A Problem With Our “Gibsons Waste” App!

Want an automatic reminder when it’s time to put out your organics and garbage? Unsure how to dispose of a household item? Did your garbage get missed? Use our “Gibsons Waste” app (below) to get help with all these issues. On a mobile device? Download the app by clicking on the Apple or Google icons (underneath the calendar).

Common Contaminants (We’re Good – But We Could Be Even Better!)

An audit of organics arriving at the Salish Soils facility showed common contaminants included non-compostable plastic bags, plastic-coated paper products (such as paper plates and ice-cream cartons), coffee pods, hard plastics and produce stickers.

 


Grocery bags and plastic-coated paper products like these are the most common contaminants found in our organics bins

For help determining how to dispose of any item, please access our Waste Wizard by clicking on the “What Goes Where?” button in the table below.

For answers to other common questions about this new program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions sheets beneath the table.

Dealing With Those Pesky Fruit Flies!

It’s quite common to find your organics bin is attracting fruit flies. Here’s some quick tips on how to prevent fruit flies from congregating your organics bin (and how to eliminate existing flies.)

Organic Curbside Collection: Information Sheets

In order to help residents stay informed about our organic curbside collection program, we have created a series of Frequently Asked Questions sheets, which may be downloaded below. These include answers to common questions such as Why Do We Need an Organics Diversion Program? and Where Do I Get the Materials I Need to Participate in the Program?

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please contact us at 604.886.2274 or by email at info@gibsons.ca.

Organics Poster – What Can (and Cannot) Go In Your Green Bin

Frequently Asked Questions: Single-Family Residential Curbside (for residents of single-family dwellings such as houses or suites.)

Frequently Asked Questions: Multi-Family Dwelling Version A (for residents of strata or multi-family dwellings.)

Letter to Managers of Multi-Family Developments re Organics Diversion Program (re. how to prepare for organics pickup program)

Learn More About Composting

This excellent video explains why composting is SO beneficial to our planet – it’ll make you glad you’re helping out!