The Town of Gibsons’ organics curbside collection program was launched on April 1, 2018. Since then, according to an Organics Report from Grayco Disposal (the original organics collections provider) Gibsons’ residents have successfully diverted close to 46% of their waste 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. Opt out applications for the coming year are due by Friday, March 29, 2019.
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 for renewal to the opt-out program. In this case, renewal/declaration forms will be sent to each qualified resident by mail or email, with the renewal form due back to Town Hall by Friday, March 29, 2019. Due to resident changes of address, etc. renewal forms must be submitted each year.
Find Your Collection Days, Learn How to Dispose of Any Item, Or Report A Problem With Our New “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 new “Gibsons Waste” app (directly 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).
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.)
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.
Organic Curbside Collection: Information Sheets
In order to help residents stay informed about these changes and how they will unfold, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your patience as we work through some of the inevitable hiccups that will occur as we work to implement this essential (and very Earth-friendly) program!
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!