The City of Richmond kicked off its new Green Cart collection program, which starts next week, with an official event hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie Tuesday afternoon.
The program gives Richmond residents living in single-family homes and townhouse units a convenient way to dispose of their food scraps and yard trimmings.
The carts allow for curbside collection and will be available to more than 40,000 households in the city.
Yesterdays event debuted the new collection trucks to be used by city contractor Sierra Waste Services, which made the first official pickup from a residence on Plover Drive.
Francis Li from SUCCESS also discussed his organizations role in assisting the city in promoting the program to the Chinese-speaking community.
Next week also marks the kick off of the new Large Item Pick Up program to provide curbside collection of up to four large household items per year.
Studies have shown food scraps comprise of approximately 20 per cent of garbage going to the landfill, and it is anticipated that there will be a regional disposal ban on food scraps starting in 2015.