Pitt Meadows offers extra bag for waste collection following hiatus due to snow

Due to 20 cm or more of snowfall accumulation in Ridge Meadows, waste collection had to be halted due to safety concerns

Pitt Meadows has announced that the waste collection crew will take extra bags this week, following a two-week hiatus in operations due to snow.

The waste collection could not continue as per schedule, resulting in piling of recyclable materials at homes. And while some people were reportedly unhappy over missed collection days, the City of Pitt Meadows is hoping to make up for it. 

They are offering to pick up extra bags in the coming week (from January 11 to January 16).

“Next week, residents may leave out extra waste for curbside collection to make up for missed collections. Please ensure all garbage is bagged and placed next to your cart. Bag tags will not be provided,” stated a release from the city

In a conversation with The Ridge, Kim Day, Executive Director of Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, shared her thoughts on the delay.

She said that while the weather conditions are frustrating, the depot crew is doing what they can.

“It’s too dangerous. We don’t get snow events like this, so we go out there and do what we can. But, we don’t want to put our people and equipment in danger. And we sent out emails to people that collection might be delayed due to the weather.” 

She added that while it’s unfortunate and out of their control, the depot has extended their business hours. They are now operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. 

Residents can expect collection on Thursday, weather permitting, Day said. 

On January 5, the weather forecasted up to 20 cm of snow in Ridge Meadows. Due to heavy snowfall, schools, as well as local libraries, were closed for the day.

The heavy snowfall started before December 25 and continued into the first week of January 2022. It’s expected that there won’t be any more snowfall in the Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Area.

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