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Organic pickup coming to a Vernon curb near you

The last bins have been delivered and the program is ready to start Monday, May 2
Josh Mitchell of Spa Hills Farm (left), Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, Mary Stockdale, Emterra vice president Nevil Davies and Emterra operations manager Richard Andersen met at the Vernon council chambers Tuesday, April 5, 2022, ahead of the launch of Vernon’s residential curbside organics collection program on May 2. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Weekly garbage collection is being curbed in favour of a more environmentally way of getting rid of waste.

The last deliveries of the new green-lidded organics bins made their way to Vernon residents Friday, April 29. On May 2 Emterra Environmantal will start collecting garbage bi-weekly and organics weekly.

For example, on Monday, North Vernon and the Blue Jay subdivision will receive garbage and organics collection while the Foothills will receive organics collection only. Then on May 9, garbage and organics will be collected in the Foothills while North Vernon and the Blue Jay subdivision will receive organics collection only.

When organics and garbage bins are collected on the same week, both bins will be collected by the same truck, says Ian Adkins, manager of roads, drainage and airport.

“This is because the truck has a split bin system, which means the garbage material and organics material are kept in two separate bins within the vehicle. The split bin system allows us to provide two types of waste collection service for customers – and drop that material off at two different places for processing – without increasing the number of vehicles we put on the road,” Adkins said.

To find out which day of the week is your collection day, review the curbside waste collection guide that came with your new bin, or view a detailed map of the collection schedule at

The city has offered residents some reminders ahead of the program’s launch:

• A list of acceptable compostable materials can be found in the Waste Collection Guide.

• Cart lids must be completely closed for pickup.

• Keep wildlife away by setting your organics cart at the curb just before 7 a.m. on collection day and ensure the lid is completely closed.

• Small amounts of cardboard or paper can be composted (particularly if used to line the cart, wrap organics material, or if soiled from food), but larger amounts of cardboard or paper should be placed in your blue recycling bin for collection, to be used to make other usable products.

• If using a bag in your organics cart, it must be 100% BPI-certified compostable. (Look for the BPI symbol)

• Materials such as pet waste, diapers, and hygiene products are not compostable and must be placed in the garbage.

• Garbage carts set out on the incorrect day of the week, or the incorrect week, will not be collected.

More information on the service can be found at, or by emailing Emterra at

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About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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