Garden waste is not included in the Regional District of Nanaimo’s automated curbside garbage collection. (PQB News file photo)

Garden waste is not included in the Regional District of Nanaimo’s automated curbside garbage collection. (PQB News file photo)

Qualicum Beach director wants regional district to look at yard, garden waste collection

Other director suggests promoting programs that educate property owners on composting

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s automated garbage collection services does not include yard and garden waste.

Qualicum Beach director Teunis Westbroek suggested the RDN review the new services after a year in operation and look at the possibility of including yard and garden waste in the future.

Westbroek cited as an example the City of Nanaimo’s garbage collection service, which includes yard waste. He said it is worth it to find out how Nanaimo does it and whether the RDN can also implement such a service.

“I think we should look at what the cost would be and only those people that participate should pay for the increased in cost,” said Westbroek. “It doesn’t get shared by the regional district or people that don’t want to use it and don’t need it.”

Westbroek doesn’t see any reason why the regional district shouldn’t look into the matter.

READ MORE: Parksville residents sour with RDN response addressing garbage cart replacement requests

“The people are willing to pay for it,” said Westbroek. “I think this is a reasonable thing to do. I have seen people packing their yard waste in their cars, in trunks, in vans going to the transfer stations. There’s more traffic and it cost probably more if you do it that way than you pay more for a bin. So can we take another look at that at some point.”

Ben Geselbracht, the chair of the Solid Waste Management Select Committee, said the RDN, in establishing the automated garbage collection, completed a comprehensive report that include yard and garden waste collection, its corresponding cost and challenges. He asked other directors if there’s a dire need for this service in their areas.

Lantzville director Mark Swain indicated that the board has spent a significant amount of time debating this when the switch to an automated garbage collection system was being considered.

“That ship has sailed,” said Swain, who suggested the RDN promote programs that will educate property owners on composting.

Garden waste collection was one of the frequently asked questions when the RDN was switching to an automated service. But based on consultations and surveys, support for introducing this service was varied and did not provide a clear indication of preferred service by a majority of users. The RDN board decided not to include the in the curbside collection service.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Nanaimo Regional Districtqualicum beachwaste disposal

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)
UPDATE: Injured hikers among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

Parksville Fire Department crews attended the scene of a house fire on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at the end of Foster Place in Parksville. No injuries were reported. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Fire crews called to battle house fire in Parksville

No injuries reported, kitty rescued

Kim Burden, executive director of the Parksville and District and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce. (PQB News photo)
PQBeat: Chamber of Commerce executive director Kim Burden looks ahead

Podcast: Talk includes 2021 business plans in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, events and more

The Village Way and Highway 19A roundabout is the Town of Qualicum Beach priority for a grant application. (Google Map)
Qualicum Beach council favours roundabout over turf field project

Mayor believes road project has better chance of landing grant

Curling season is over at the Parksville Curling Club and Qualicum Beach Curling Club. (PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: Parksville and Qualicum Beach curling clubs forced to end season

Restrictions impact financial sustainability of both operations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Canada released proposed regulations Jan. 2 for the fisheries minister to maintain Canada’s major fish stocks at sustainable levels and recover those at risk. (File photo)
New laws would cement DFO accountability to depleted fish stocks

Three B.C. salmon stocks first in line for priority attention under proposed regulations

Trees destroyed a Shoreacres home during a wind storm Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay woman flees just before tree crushes house

Pamala DeRosa is thankful to be alive

Most Read