Saanich discusses kitchen scraps, garden waste collection

Saanich’s Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, January 7, 2013 will discuss a plan to implement kitchen scraps and garden waste collection by March/April 2014.  Meeting commences at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Saanich Municipal Hall.  You are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to make a 5 minute presentation to Council if you choose. 

Written correspondence received up to 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting will be copied to Council for their consideration.  Correspondence should be sent to  All correspondence submitted to the District of Saanich in response to this E-mail will form part of the public record and will be published in a meeting agenda.

Garbage collection and recycling services are valued services provided to Saanich residents. To meet the January 2015 CRD food waste ban, to minimize future costs to homeowners, provide quality service to residents, meet environmental objectives and improve the health and safety of workers, at its meeting of November 5, 2012, Council approved in principle curbside collection of kitchen scraps recycling and household garbage and requested Solid Waste Services prepare an implementation plan.


An implementation plan for biweekly curbside collection of co-mingled kitchen scraps/garden waste recycling and household garbage with an assistance program has been prepared and is attached.

The plan outlines a 15 month program leading to the introduction of the service. If approved, the plan is expected to continue to be refined as the timeline progresses and regular updates would be provided to the Finance, Audit and Personnel Committee and through the budget process.

To summarize the key points, the implementation plan includes:

  • Curbside co-mingled organics and refuse collection with standardized carts;
  • Proposed March/April 2014 rollout;
  • Significant reductions in GHG emissions;
  • Defined assistance programs;
  • Flexible cart sizing with cost-saving incentives;
  • Comprehensive education and outreach.

The Finance, Audit and Personnel Committee considered the draft Implementation Plan at their December 18th meeting recommending approval of the implementation plan and biweekly curbside collection. An excerpt of the minutes is attached .

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