RDN curb side collection disruptions continue

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) continues to catch up on missed garbage and recycling collection days. It said weather and road conditions are the reasons for the delays.

“The stopping distances of an empty collection vehicle is over double that of a passenger vehicle. Snow and ice can multiply these stopping distances by ten,” reads an RDN service update. “Our collection vehicles make an average of over 700 stops per day, so snow and ice puts collection crews and other road users at major risk.” 

On Jan. 10, it released an updated table for rescheduled collection service:

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Image from Jan. 10 RDN service update

Food waste carts will not be collected on rescheduled service days. If garbage and recycling carts are not collected on a rescheduled service day, the RDN asked residents to continue to set their bins between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m the following days until they are emptied.

It has asked residents not to put out any extra waste that does not fit inside their recycling and garbage carts with lids fully closed.

Free Drop Off at RDN solid waste disposal facilities: 

Due to the extended delays in curb side pickup, the RDN continues to offer free drop off service at the Regional Landfill and the Church Road Transfer Station in Parksville. 

Residents taking advantage of the free drop off should be prepared to provide identification and address and have a mask on hand.

The RDN said “reasonable amounts” of household waste will be accepted and should be separated according to waste streams on site. The free residential drop off at Regional Landfill and Church Road Transfer Station will be available until curb side service resumes regular scheduling.

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Image from Jan. 10 RDN service update

Residents can download the free RDN Curbside app on their Apple and Android devices or sign up for email/phone call notifications by entering their address into the calendar search, selecting “Get a reminder!” and then choosing the type of notification they would like to receive.

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