Duncan looks at growing recycling pick-up program

Yard waste and glass pick-up programs could be expanded within the city of Duncan later this year.

In May, the city will begin a contract with Multi-Materials BC for recycling services that will see the city receive about $28,000 in 2014 and $45,000 in 2015 in exchange for the company picking up recycling materials.

City council is considering using the money to expand trial programs for yard waste and glass pick-up to all single-family homes, while leaving the current garbage and recycling fee at $136 per year.

“It would make for a more comprehensive collection system,” Mayor Phil Kent said. “Because our agreement with MMBC provided a revenue stream, we looked at reducing the recycling fee or expanding the program to areas that aren’t already covered.”

Under the program, a contractor would collect recyclable glass and yard waste once a month. Yard waste pick-up would allow up to 10 large compostable garbage bags and up to two bundles of sticks. Unlimited amounts of glass would be permitted, in clean bins.

Residents can share their thoughts with the city at the public budget presentation on Feb. 20 from 4-6:30 p.m., or by emailing Duncan@duncan.ca