Snow and icy road conditions have prevented garbage collection. (Michael Briones photo)

Snow and icy road conditions have prevented garbage collection. (Michael Briones photo)

Regional District of Nanaimo offers free garbage dropoff at transfer station

Delays in curbside collection expected due to heavy snowfall

The Regional District of Nanaimo is offering residents free dropoff of their curbside waste at the Church Road Transfer Station in Parksville and landfill in Cedar.

The heavy snowfall and icy road conditions have made it difficult for RDN crews to meet their regular collection schedule.

Residents using the free dropoff will need to provide identification and their address at the facility scale house. The free dropoff will be available for affected areas until curbside service is fully restored.

The RDN, in a press release, indicated curbside collection service will be provided when and where it is safe to do so.

READ MORE: RDN: Dec. 30 curbside collection cancelled due to snowfall for Qualicum Beach, Errington

“Due to ongoing unsafe road conditions in many areas following the significant snowfall, the melting and freezing cycles we have been experiencing over the past few days, and the forecast for further snow, service delays are anticipated to continue,” the release stated.

Collection is subject to safe road conditions and may be further interrupted due to snow or icy roads. Once deemed safe, crews will resume in the order missed. If still not collected by 5 p.m. on the rescheduled collection day, residents are asked to continue to set their carts out between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following days, until they are emptied.

Rescheduled collection day:

Thursday, Jan. 6 (recycling cart and garbage cart) for missed collection on Dec. 28 (RB routes)

Cedar, South Wellington, Cassidy, Yellowpoint (RDN Electoral Area A)

Gabriola Island (RDN Electoral Area B)

Thursday, Jan. 6 (recycling cart and garbage cart) for missed collection on Dec. 29 (RC routes)

French Creek (RDN Electoral Area G)

City of Parksville (west)

Whiskey Creek, Hilliers, Coombs (RDN Electoral Area F)

Friday, Jan. 7 (recycling cart and garbage cart) for missed collection on Dec. 30 (RD routes)

• Town of Qualicum Beach

• Errington (RDN Electoral Area F)

Saturday, Jan. 8 (recycling cart and garbage cart) for missed collection on Dec. 31 (RE routes)

• City of Parksville (east), Craig Bay Estates

• San Pareil (RDN Electoral Area G)

• Nanoose Bay: Rocking Horse, Madrona (RDN Electoral Area E)

• Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay, Spider Lake, Little Qualicum Estates (RDN Electoral Area G/H)

Food waste carts will not be collected on the rescheduled collection days. An option for excess food waste is to place it bagged in the freezer or, alternately, if necessary, to place excess food waste in the garbage carts during this service disruption.

Regular collection schedule is expected to resume beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 10.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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