Multi-Material B.C. will take over collecting residential packaging and printed paper recycling services in the City of Pitt Meadows as of September.
The curbside collection contract being awarded to Smithrite Disposal Ltd., the trucks for which will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas, a cleaner fuel alternative.
Smithrite will provide weekly pick-up of residential recycling for residents living in single-family homes, as well as townhouses and mobile homes that currently receive curbside blue box service.
Residents will be able to recycle the same materials as they do now and will also benefit from the addition of segregated curbside pick-up for non-deposit glass packaging.
A new grey box for recycling non-deposit glass bottles and jars will be provided to residents in August, with pick-up beginning in September.
Glass accepted under MMBC’s program includes all clear and coloured glass packaging (bottles and jars), with the exclusion of beverage containers that are part of the return-for-refund beverage deposit system.
Multi-family buildings will have the option to select either MMBC’s approved collector in the area – Smithrite – or to select another organization or company to provide the service.
MMBC will help offset the cost of recycling services for buildings that are part of its program. More information will be provided to building owners, managers and stratas in the coming months.
“The addition of the City of Pitt Meadows means MMBC will soon be providing direct service to 12 B.C. communities, including seven in the Lower Mainland,” said Allen Langdon, managing director, MMBC.
The City of Pitt Meadows has been part of MMBC since the program launched in May 2014. Under the current agreement, Pitt Meadows receives a financial incentive from MMBC to provide its own collection services.
In December 2015, Pitt Meadows formally requested that MMBC assume responsibility for direct service.
“We believe recycling should be easy for our residents, include as many materials as possible, and come at a price point that makes sense,” said Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker. “Both MMBC and the City of Pitt Meadows are committed to these principles, and to ensuring more can be recycled in our community. One example of this commitment to recycling ease and efficiency is the addition of segregated curbside glass pick up.”