April 11, 2012 8:48 pm

Changes to Edmonton’s waste collection could be coming and city wants your input

Changes could soon be coming to what you pay for waste collection. The city is looking at several new options and asking for your help deciding on one.

Consultations are underway right now about the five different options. One of them is to maintain the status quo, where everyone pays the same fee regardless of how much garbage they set out. After that though, the choices change quite a bit.

A few of the remaining options would see garbage collection rates go up, but would allow households to register for a low volume program – meaning they put out less garbage every week and in return would pay a lower rate.

There are also variations to that – one of them is that residents could buy tags at an extra cost to be able to put out additional bags of garbage as needed.

City officials say they’re considering the changes based on suggestions from some residents.

“Waste is really the one experience our citizens have where even if your conscientious there’s no break for you,” says Councillor Don Iveson. “And certainly in the last election and even before that I heard loud and clear that for a lot of people who are very conscientious, particularly seniors, about how much waste they put out, they felt they needed some kind of recognition in the rates they pay.”

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Already more than 700 people have filled out a survey telling the city what option they prefer, but it’s not too late to have your voice heard.

You can complete an online survey here, or attend one of two of the following open houses:

 

Thursday April 12, 2012
3-7pm
MacEwan University South Campus, Classroom #1, 7319-29 Avenue

Monday April 16, 2012
3-7pm
Fantasyland Hotel, Conference room 7, 17700-87 Avenue

The results will be presented to a city committee in June, and will then go to city council for its consideration.

 

You can find more information on the five options below:

 

Funding Options for Waste Services
 

 

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