Starting this October, residents of Conception Bay South will be able to separate recyclable goods from other waste and leave them in a blue bag or two in front of their home for curbside collection.
Mayor Woodrow French and several other town council members were on hand Tuesday morning for the launch of the program. French said the community’s 25,000 residents should receive an information kit in the mail this week to help them get started.
“Education is the key to residential participation,” said the mayor.
Tuesday’s announcement comes exactly five weeks before curbside collection will begin on Oct. 1. The service will be offered on a biweekly basis and will coincide with the same day that garbage collection takes place in a given neighbourhood.
The two-stream system will require residents to divide their recyclables into plastic containers and paper-based products.
According to French, a 30 per cent diversion rate is widely considered an achievable goal, but he hopes the community can surpass that figure.
“We hope to be a model municipality with regard to curbside recycling,” he said.
The starter kits mailed out to residents include blue bags to use for recycling, a guidelines booklet, a collection schedule and a coupon for recycling supplies that can be redeemed at three local businesses — Home Hardware, Kent and Rona.
The town awarded a tender in May for a truck to handle curbside collection. French said it was at that time the town was made aware the truck would not be available until October.
Plans are in place to hold public information sessions about the new service, with the first scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, starting at 6:30 p.m.
“Other sessions will be added and posted on the town’s website and on Twitter and in local publications,” said the mayor.
A video has also been produced to inform residents about how the program will work. A link to it can be found on the town’s recycling website.
The town currently collects materials from a dropoff recycling location where residents can leave cardboard and newspaper.