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Surrey’s Waste Collection Goes Green

December 14, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey is transforming its waste collection process to reduce emissions and divert waste from the landfill. The City approved a new residential waste collection contract with BFI Canada this week.

Under the new contract, residential waste will be collected using new state-of-the-art automated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks, which emit 23 per cent less carbon emissions and 90 per cent less air particulates, compared to traditional diesel trucks. Studies show, replacing one diesel truck with a CNG truck is the equivalent to taking 475 cars off the road each year.

The new services will help residents separate kitchen and yard waste from solid waste by collecting organics separately from garbage, which will help the City meet its 70 per cent waste diversion objective before 2015. In the future, the organic waste will be delivered to the City’s proposed Organics Biofuel facility, which will process it into fuel to power the waste trucks.

“The City of Surrey’s new direction for waste collection and processing will help establish a benchmark in North America, and will go a long way to creating cleaner, more sustainable communities in the region,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “It’s important for municipalities to demonstrate and advance new technologies, and to help facilitate new ways of reducing waste.”

In 2010, the City initiated a very successful residential pilot organics collection program in selected areas throughout Surrey. It was designed to analyze effectiveness, customer concerns, waste diversion percentages and associated costs.

“The City underwent an extensive consultation process and found that 90 per cent of residents supported an organics curbside collection program. We’re proud to build from that experience and offer the new service to all of our customers,” says Mayor Watts, noting the program revealed that residential garbage was reduced by 45 per cent in the pilot areas.

The new contract includes the use of standardized waste carts, which will be delivered in advance of the start date to all households receiving City waste collection service. The new carts will improve aesthetes and minimize scattered litter.

The City manages the collection of residential curb side garbage, recycling and yard waste for approximately 97,000 single-family dwellings each week. The City also provides weekly household recyclables collection service to over 30,000 multi-family units.

The new services come into effect on October 1st, 2012. Municipal waste collection rates will not be increased as a result of the new contract.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor