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September - October 2019

Couldn't make the open houses?  Please review the presentation and fill in the online Waste Strategies survey by 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. This two-minute Inside Our City video also offers an overview of our Waste Strategies project.

Thanks to all who attended the community open houses to offer their input on options to help divert 65% of household waste from landfill by 2025!

Diversion strategies/collection changes being considered:

  • Weekly blue and grey box and green bin collection with bi-weekly garbage pick-up. This option would allow for weekly yard waste collection.
  • Requiring the use of clear garbage bags (a small opaque privacy bag would be allowed). This would help the City enforce a future ban on recyclables and organics in garbage bags.
  • Making garbage collection into a full user-pay system by requiring a bag tag for every garbage bag. Considerations for low-income households will be explored.
  • Increasing the cost of bag tags.
  • Limiting the number of additional tagged bags allowed and offering fewer days on which two untagged bags are allowed.
  • Mandatory use of green bins in multi-residential buildings

June 2019

The City's solid waste department held four focus groups on June 5 and 6 at the INVISTA Centre to gather input on waste diversion strategies. Thanks to all who came out to share their thoughts!  See the feedback report outlining what the City heard at these focus groups.

April 2019

City begins collecting wide-ranging ideas on how the community can divert at least five per cent more household waste from landfill. 

March 2019

The need to develop new strategies to reach the 65 per cent diversion goal is outlined in the Waste Diversion Rate and Integrated Waste Management Plan Update Report to the environment infrastructure and transportation policies committee.

For more details on the project steps and timelines, see the About page.


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