Increased Routes and Resources Help Nanaimo’s Automated Garbage Collection Meet Demand | NanaimoNews NOW


The City adjusted pickup times in November 2020 in an effort to ease the burden on its equipment.

Council also approved a loan of up to $ 460,000 in May 2021 to purchase a new automated collection truck, the second such vehicle added in recent years to meet increased demand.

The truck is expected to be in service by summer 2022.

Elliot said extra equipment and streamlined routes mean they only have to make one trip a day to the landfill, which has also reduced overtime to zero.

What has also reached zero so far in 2021 is the number of Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) claims.

“Over the last few years we’ve seen these CAT claims skyrocket because everything was manual,” Elliot said. “It was all about lifting trash cans and repetitive injuries. Looking back, we should have done it earlier, however, we are on the right track now. “

Elliot and his team are expected to return to the Council’s budget deliberations at a later date with a case for making a pilot project permanent.

The Community Clean Team, formerly the Social Disorder Response Team, began operating in November 2019 and its funding will expire at the end of the year.

Team members work with the settlement to help clean up areas where litter is a constant problem at a cost of approximately $ 250,000 per year.

“He has proven to be a very valuable resource and service.”

Other demands of the Council during their budget deliberations will include finding ways to meet the high demand, launching an information campaign to reduce contamination levels from recycling, and developing strategies to ensure that equipment is not overworked.

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