Changes to Solid Waste Bylaw effective December 1

Some residents have questions about upcoming changes to the Solid Waste Bylaw. To clarify:

  • We’ve made some changes to the Solid Waste Bylaw to help further minimize attractants for local wildlife, especially bears. Bears are attracted to garbage, recycling and organics so we all have a responsibility to minimize the availability of these materials.
  • Stronger penalties are being implemented to help reduce the number of bears destroyed in our community due to dependence on human food sources.
  • These changes are in response to resident feedback and are similar to actions taken by other municipalities that have bears in the community.
  • The existing bylaw rules are still in effect until December 1, 2020. If you have received a warning for setting your carts out prior to 5:30am on collection day, you may receive a ticket for your next offence.
  • If you have already received a ticket for setting your carts out early, you may receive another ticket in this time period.

What does this mean for you?

As normal, put your carts out at 5:30am at the earliest and 7:30am at the latest on your collection day. Empty carts must be removed from the curb within 18 hours of collection.

Carts that are at the curb prior to 5:30 am – including the night before – may be subject to fines instead of a warning as of December 1. Fines are $100 for the first offence, and $500 for repeat offenses.

The existing bylaw rules are still in effect until December 1, 2020. If you have received a warning for setting your carts out prior to 5:30am on collection day, you may receive a ticket for your next offence.

If you have already received a ticket for setting your carts out early, you may receive another ticket in this time period.

What has changed?

Time restrictions to put out garbage, recycling and organics carts haven’t changed. The Solid Waste Bylaw mandates that carts cannot be put out before 5:30am, and need to be at the curb no later than 7:30am.

The change, as of December 1, is an immediate fine instead of a warning when you set carts out earlier than 5:30 am, including the night before your collection day.

What happens if my garbage and organics is usually collected in the afternoon?

We understand that some residences may not have their garbage and organics collected until later in the day. However, unexpected route changes may mean crews come by your house earlier than usual.

Pick-up could get missed if materials aren’t put out at the curb until after 7:30 am.

Questions?

Thank you for doing your part to help minimize attractants to bears.  For more information about what you can do to minimize attractants, visit dnv.org/bear-aware.