New Kitchen Pitch-In Organics Collection Program North Cowichan

On May 1, 2012, the Municipality of North Cowichan will expand its curbside collection to include kitchen organics. The new program, the North Cowichan Kitchen Pitch-In, will enable North Cowichan residents to easily and conveniently dispose of kitchen organics, such as food waste and soiled or waxed paper products.

Throughout April 2012, green organics bins will be delivered to over 9200 households in North Cowichan that currently receive curbside waste collection. Inside the green bin, residents will find a kitchen container, a program guide that explains how to participate, a decal listing acceptable and unacceptable materials, and some sample certified compostable bags.

This is just one of North Cowichans initiatives to reduce its ecological footprint, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure. By participating in this program, residents can expect to see as much as half of their household waste diverted from the landfill and processed into a usable product. Over time, savings in tipping fees will pay for the initial investment and reduce disposal costs, he added.

Kitchen organics will be collected weekly, using vehicles specially designed with two separate compartments for both garbage and green bin materials. Garbage will be collected every other week alternating with recycling collection. Kitchen organics will be processed into compost at the ICC Group facility in Nanaimo.

Kitchen organics collection also complements backyard composting by accepting many materials unsuitable in the backyard: cooked food, meat, fish, bones, baked goods, food soiled paper, and waxed paper food packaging, such as gable-top milk cartons and fast food cups.

The Municipality of North Cowichan provides curbside collection for the communities of Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and the greater Duncan area.

Kitchen Pitch-In Program