Curbside collection to be made available for non-profit groups in Colchester County

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TRURO - Non-profit community groups in Colchester County will soon be able to apply for municipal garbage pickup.

Council committee on Thursday night approved a curbside collection program for non-profit applicants to help provide more options for garbage pickup.

Some community groups currently hire more expensive private haulers to deal with their waste or, in cases where their needs couldn't be met, community group members had to deal with the waste themselves.

The issue became more complicated after the municipality introduced its clear bag policy in January.

"It's better than me hauling it home (from the local community centre)," Coun. Bob White said of the new policy, which is to receive final approval at the next council meeting.

"People have to start paying for their services," he said, in response to a question raised by some as to whether groups such as churches and volunteer fire departments should receive free curbside collection.

Coun. Bill Masters added the new policy will save some groups, which now hire private haulers to pick up their waste, "a tonne of money."

The rates for community groups will be $112 per year, per site (the same as residential rates) where one green bin is required and waste collection consists of six clear bags of garbage and 12 blue bags of recyclable waste.

For groups that require more collection, the cost will be $224 per year and will include two green bins, 12 clear bags of garbage and 24 blue bags.

Collections will take place on the same day as residential pickups for a given area. Groups wanting the curbside service have to apply to the municipality for the service.

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