The Big Green Bin Drop will hit West Kootenay streets in August

Big Green Bin Drop, RDKB employee next to the new green bin

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has announced the upcoming delivery of green bins for its Green Bin Program, a transformative residential curbside collection program for organics and kitchen scraps, which will officially launch on October 2, 2023.

Residents in Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, and Areas A & B, can expect to receive their green bins between August 7th and 24th. It represents a major step towards creating a greener and more sustainable region and will reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

“This is an exciting moment for our West Kootenay residents! The delivery of the green bins marks the beginning of a positive change in how we handle waste within this area,” says BA Belton, Environmental Communications & Programs Coordinator for the RDKB. “Remember to look inside them for the kitchen tote, sample liners, and all the essential information you need to get started when the program kicks off. If you’re planning to be away during the delivery period, consider asking a friendly neighbor to move your green bin for you too,” he adds.

The RDKB will also be introducing a Bear Bin Trade-In program this September, enabling residents to trade their 80L critter-resistant bin for a bear-resistant one at a cost of $200. It has allocated a set number of bear-resistant bins, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, to each municipality and electoral area in the program until December 31, 2023.

“Embracing the Green Bin Program is not only a momentous step for our community but also a giant leap towards our goal of becoming a carbon-neutral local government. I am thrilled to see residents join us in this important endeavor. By diverting organic waste from our landfills, we are not only extending the life of the McKelvey Creek landfill but also making a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As RDKB Board Chair, I wholeheartedly support this initiative, knowing that together, we are creating a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for generations to come.” – Linda Worley, RDKB Board Chair.

Remember, no plastics are accepted in the green bins, even if they claim to be ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable.’ Yard or garden waste should also be kept out. To access more information, ask questions and to ensure a smooth transition to the Green Bin Program, ‘Join the Conversation’ online:

Big Green Bin Drop, RDKB employee next to the new green bin

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