With City of Powell River’s free curbside notification system, residents now have a resource to remind them of their solid waste collection day.
According to a city media release on November 1, the curbside tool makes it easier for residents to stay connected with waste management collection programs. As a bonus for signing up for the service, residents are eligible to win free Powell River Recreation Complex passes.
Waste collection is an ever-rising cost for the city, amounting to $540,000 in 2018.
According to superintendent of public works Murray Steer, the curbside system will aid in planning and coordinating the work, and curbside reminders should reduce the habit of people leaving garbage out the night before their pickup and attracting bears and other animals.
“We have about 500 households who are subscribed to the system out of a total of 6,000,” stated Steer. “Increased participation in the system will aid in both completing the work and avoiding animal interaction issues. This will lead to a better overall service and assist in the evolution of solid waste pickup into the future.
Using the curbside system, residents can now access their customized garbage and recycling schedule online; receive a reminder via email, phone call, text message, Twitter, and iCal; access the system with or without internet; download the collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and print the collection schedule.
“One of the features of the service is notifications of any schedule changes due to weather, holidays, truck issues or route changes,” added Steer
To access the curbside notification system, there is a link on the City of Powell River homepage at powellriver.ca.