For the first time in over ten years, the Town of Okotoks is revising waste collection pick up days this coming new year.

Paul Lyons, Waste Services Manager for the Town of Okotoks, says the town decided to change some collection days after a service review.

"This is the first service review of our collection that has been done in over ten years. The original collection route was based on manual collection, and we had moved away from that," he said.

Lyons says these changes will increase resident satisfaction and efficiencies in service.

"We recognize that there needs to be changes that will result in greater efficiencies, increased levels of satisfaction to our residents. The recent satisfaction survey showed that 78 per cent of our residents were satisfied with the level of service that they are currently receiving," he said.

The goal is to make routes more synchronized and efficient, as well as lower green house emissions and better coordinate street sweeping and snow clearing services.

Beginning January 8th, 2019, collection days will be changed to Tuesday to Friday, eliminating the Monday pick up days which will affect approximately 55 per cent of households in Okotoks.

Residents are encouraged to obtain the town's waste app or sign up for the online waste tool to assist with managing the schedule change.

For additional information, a dedicated page can be found at www.okotoks.ca/2019WasteSchedule.

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