The City of Williams Lake will undertake a pilot program that may lead to one truck being used to collect both garbage and recycling.
The City says the pilot program will allow the City and its contractor to gather information on the collection process that may lead to future changes that the City says would benefit the residents and the environment.
The pilot project will include testing the viability of serving Williams Lake residents with only one automated truck during the last week of July and the month of August.
Using one truck for pickup of both garbage and recycling will help reduce the carbon emission created by providing this service, the City says.
Initially a second truck will be used during the five-week trial in the downtown core area to minimize interference with the morning traffic. If downtown traffic does not appear to be affected, the second truck will be removed during the pilot program.
The timing of the service for solid waste or recycling pickup at residents’ addresses may be shifted slightly during the day of service, but the day of service will remain the same.
Residents are asked to continue ensuring their solid waste and recycling carts are at the curb before 7 a.m. on collection day.
After the trial period, the effectiveness of the pilot project will be analyzed.
During this time, the City’s contractor will resume the original process using two trucks.
The City will communicate the results of the pilot project to the public before any proposed changes to the service take effect.