Garbage, Recycling & Landfill
2020 Changes to Solid Waste Billing and Collection
On January 1st 2020 the Town of Creston will be making changes to how the fees for are collected for solid waste pick up and disposal services by moving the fees to utility billing and thereby reducing the property tax requisition. Currently, the solid waste pick up and disposal service provided by the Town for all residences and commercial businesses in the Town of Creston is funded through general municipal property taxes.
This means that currently, all residents and commercial businesses in the Town pay for this service through property taxation, regardless if they use it or not. By changing the model to a user-pay system, only those receiving the service will be paying for it. This is essentially a change in billing practice, and does not change how the Town provides the solid waste collection service.
The estimated cost is $90 annually per dwelling unit. As with current utility billing practice, the cost for secondary suites will be 50% of the dwelling unit cost. This will be reflected on the next utility billing cycle, effective January 1, 2020. The amount collected in utility fees for solid waste will reduce the amount of taxes the Town will collect. Therefore in 2020, all property taxpayers will see a reduction in the municipal taxes proportionate to assessed values for solid waste collection.
Residential (up to four dwelling units)
There will be no change to the solid waste collection service currently provided to single family homes and those multi-family buildings with four units or less. Two bags per primary residence and one bag per secondary suite are allowed per week. Additional tags are available at Town Hall for $2/bag.
Residential (five or more dwelling units)
Trailer courts, strata and apartment complexes with five or more units are required to provide appropriate arrangements for private solid waste collection. However, these users may opt-in to receiving the Town's solid waste collection and disposal service if it can be accommodated by the Town. Please note that any multi-unit property must opt-in entirely. If you are currently receiving this service from the Town, you will still need to opt-in. Letters will be sent via direct mail to trailer court and apartment building owners and strata corporations with details around what steps are needed to proceed with opting in. An application will be enclosed that will need to be returned to Town Hall by November 15, 2019.
Commercial businesses (including industrial and institutional properties) have the option to opt-out of the Town's solid waste collection and disposal service provided that appropriate arrangements (proper bins and collection services) are in place. Letters will be sent via direct mail with details around what steps are needed to proceed with opting out. A waiver will be enclosed that will need to be returned to Town Hall by November 15, 2019. In commercial areas, only bags with garbage tags will be picked up. If you believe that you should have received a letter and have not by October 25, please contact Town Hall.
Residential Dwelling Unit Impact Estimate Calculator
Use this calculator to estimate the financial impact to your residential dwelling unit. To learn your assessed property value please visit BC Assessment.
Garbage collection, within town boundaries, is the responsibility of the town. The service is currently contracted to Tip-it Waste Solutions Inc. (formerly known as Ray's Garbage Pick-Up). Residents are entitled to place 2 bags or cans of garbage on the curb, per week, for pick-up. Tags for extra bags can be purchased at Town Hall for $2.00 each. If your bags were missed, please call Tip-It Waste Solutions Inc. at 250-428-9887.
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Pursuant to the “Waste Management Regulations Bylaw No. 1395, 1997”, please note the following:
3. Container Standards and Contents
3.1 A regulation garbage container may be a galvanized iron container or regular plastic garbage can circular in design and must have a cover so as to be water tight. The maximum size is not to exceed 80 litres (18 imperial gallons) and no container shall exceed 23 kilograms (50 pounds) in weight.
3.2 A plastic bag may be used as a garbage container provided that:
a) it is strong enough to withstand normal handling and lifting;
b) it is properly closed and sealed;
c) it contains no glassware, bottles or sharp pieces of wood or metal which might tear the bag and cause injury to the Garbage Collector;
d) it is stored within an enclosed shelter until garbage pickup time to prevent unsightly and unsanitary conditions due to dogs or other causes; and
e) the maximum size is not to exceed 66 cm by 97 cm (26" by 38") and shall not exceed 23 kilograms (50 pounds) in weight.
3.3 All occupants shall thoroughly drain all garbage or trade waste before placing it in garbage containers and no garbage or trade waste of a semi-liquid consistency shall be collected from any premises whatsoever.
6. Exceptions to Garbage Collections
6.1 No farm animal faeces, hazardous waste, tires, grass clippings, leaves, tree prunings, scrap lumber, logs, metal, stone, brick, concrete, car or truck batteries, recyclable material or any waste that can be composted, shall be set out for collection.
View the Waste Management Regulations Bylaw No. 1395, 1997 online in its entirety.
The Town of Creston strongly encourages residents to recycle. Recycling is a Regional District service, and the RDCK has a lot of tips to get you started, including recycling basics and FAQs. The RDCK Recycling Depots in Creston are located on Helen Street behind the car wash, and at the RDCK Landfill. Find a complete list of RDCK depots, as well as locations of other bottle depots in Creston, online.
RDCK Landfill (Creston Facility)
The RDCK Landfill (Creston Facility) is operated by the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Landfill hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The landfill is closed on statutory holidays. User fees do apply at the landfill site. The landfill is located on Mallory Road, across from the Creston Golf Course.