The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is looking to get old garbage cans from Terrace residents into the hands of those in Thornhill and area who might need or want one.
It’s part of what will need to be a quick solution to the conundrum of thousands of cans made obsolete by the new fleet of carts being distributed to Terrace homes this month.
The 7,300 new carts, half of which are for recycling and the other half for garbage, are specially fitted to be lifted and returned to the ground by mechanical arms on new city garbage disposal trucks.
It means there will be countless thousands of old cans Terrace residents must either reuse or dispose of.
City official Alisa Thompson said there are several uses, including storage, compost and rain barrels.
They can be taken to the landfill as well and there is a swap shed there for materials that can be re-used, she said.
Regional district environmental manager Margaret Kujat is looking to spread the word about a possible can giveaway.
“We believe we have some residents in the service area who could make use of the ‘orphan containers’,” she said.
“The idea requires resources, a marshaling area for the containers, assurance the containers had lids and were clean, and a means to connect people with people i.e. a registry of some sort.”