Green bin garbage truck fails to arrive in Esquimalt

Public works staff completed their first "green bin" collection Monday using an older municipal truck

Esquimalt’s new garbage truck may not have arrived on time, but the township is still calling its first kitchen scraps pickup a success.

Public works staff completed their first “green bin” collection Monday using an older municipal truck after the new, semi-automated truck failed to arrive on schedule.

“It’s just the nature of equipment procurement,” said Jeff Miller, director of engineering and public works.”The supplier (Langley-based Rollins Machinery Ltd.) let us know it was going to be (last) week, then of course there’s always one little thing that needs to be fixed before they can deliver.”

Miller said staff handled the last-minute switch with professionalism, and that residents weren’t affected.

Esquimalt is the latest municipality in the Capital Region to move to green bins in advance of a 2015 ban on organics waste at Hartland landfill.