Port Coquitlam Rolls Out Large Item Pickup Starting this Spring

PORT COQUITLAM TO ROLL OUT LARGE ITEM PICKUP STARTING THIS SPRING

PORT COQUITLAM, BC – Feb. 11, 2021… Port Coquitlam residents will soon have a free, convenient way to properly dispose of furniture, appliances and other large items.

This spring, Port Coquitlam will launch a pilot Large Item Pickup program that will enable homes receiving City waste services to schedule free curbside pickup of up to six large items per year, including mattresses, furniture, appliances, tires, exercise equipment and more.

“Our residents have been asking for large item pickup for many years, and we’re excited to be launching this significant new service to our residents this spring to respond to that demand,” Mayor Brad West said. “Bulky items can be difficult to dispose of and often there is a cost involved, which can be a barrier for some households. This new program is another example of the City continuing our overall focus of providing exceptional service to our community while making sure that waste is disposed of properly.”

The City is currently seeking a service provider. Once the program is launched, qualifying homes will be able to book two free curbside pickups per calendar year for up to three items each time.

Information about the booking procedure, accepted items and other details will be provided this spring via portcoquitlam.ca/largeitem, social media, property tax notices and other methods.

Requested by residents for many years, large item pickup will help reduce illegal dumping and ensure discarded items are disposed of properly. It’s the latest improvement to the City’s waste services, following last year’s launch of year-round weekly green cart pickup and extra holiday recycling.

“This new program will make it easier for people to do the right thing and to deal with their unwanted items in a responsible way,” said Cllr. Darrell Penner, Council’s designate for public works matters. “It’s a great addition to the variety of waste services the City already offers to the community, and we expect it to be very popular.”

The City will monitor the pilot program throughout its first year, during which participants may submit feedback through the program webpage.

The new service will be available to about 13,500 single-family homes and 4,000 multi-family units that pay a garbage levy on their property tax bills.

The City is also exploring options for glass collection as part of next year’s budget.

For more information, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/largeitem.

 

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