News, Updates, and Special Notices
This is the new home for any updates or changes to our service, or any other newsworthy bits that may impact your life.
All of us an PAN thank you for your patience with the snow and the holidays!
How to tell if it's going to be a snow day
Safety is our main concern, and we don't want to put you or the drivers at risk. Therefore, if the school busses aren't running, we won't be either.
If the busses are running, but the roads are snowy, or visibility is low, we will generally be out and about - but on those days, routes will take a lot longer. Therefore, give us a few extra hours before you pull your bins in or call the office.
What happens when collection day gets missed
We will try and collect your organics and/or garbage at the first possible opportunity.
If the snow has melted or been removed from the neighbourhood, we are generally able to get to you the following day. If the roads remain snow-covered, and the ploughs haven't been able to dig you out, we have to wait until it is safe to navigate your neighbourhood.
After several snow days in a row, we may decide it makes more sense to empty your bins the following week.
E-Transfers - an easy way to pay!
Many customers are finding that cash or cheque payments are difficult to organize, so we'd like to promote the option of e-transfers. This can be done through your online banking. If you have any questions about setting that up, you can contact us or your bank branch for assistance.
For e-transfers, however, you'll have to set up a password. We like answers we'll know; your account number, your road name. If you want to use something else, make sure you let us know what it is!
The importance of being on time...
Our drivers start early - by 8am - and because we can never quite know how long the route will take (i.e. what time we'll get to your street), it is really important that everyone have their bins out by 8am.
Incidentally, the community (CVRD, Municipality, PAN and the Conservation Authority) has been talking about a plan to deter the resident bears from occupying residential areas. The "Bear Awareness" program sets out some guidelines, one of which is that garbage and organics bins should not be left out overnight...easy pickings for those bears! Don't worry - more information will be coming your way, so we'll keep you informed.
At any rate, the point is - please have your bins and bags out by the curb by 8am on the morning of your regularly schedule collection day so that our drivers don't miss you! And don't feed the bears...
For more information, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CVRD Expansion Plan
And the verdict is - PAN will continue to be your service provider! We, of course, are over the moon, and once again, want to thank the community for mobilizing to show support and influence the outcome of this plan so profoundly.
If you have ideas and don't want to wait, please email us at email@example.com - and make sure your voice gets heard!
Going Green - Island-wide!
It's been a few years since we began the Organics program, we want to thank YOU for helping us reach our goal, which is to divert half of what our company collects from the "dump" ... and we are close! This means almost half of the waste produced in South Cowichan is being turned into rich, nutrient-dense garden soil instead of harmful, water-polluting leachates!
We're still struggling to collect clean, un-contaminated organic matter. I know it's easy to forget the bits (especially when food is past it's prime), but the the plastic, stickers, tags, bags, etc. have to be removed from food waste before it goes in your bin.