Recommended waste collection changes mean big savings

The City of Ottawa released the Solid Waste Service Level Review report today containing recommended changes to residential, curb-side waste collection services that are expected to save taxpayers $9 million annually or a 10 per cent reduction from the current tax bill associated with waste collection.

The staff report provides service level recommendations for the next collection contract that would:

- Provide a consistent level of service to all parts of the City;
- Implement weekly green bin pickup year-round;
- Retain blue and black box pick up on alternating weeks;
- Pick up residual waste every two weeks; and
- Implement a special diaper and incontinence products pick up program for those who need it on the alternate week of residual waste pick up.

These recommendations result from an in-depth study into solid waste collection best practices in other jurisdictions and a rigorous public consultation process over the past two months.

A move to the recommended collection system promotes maximum waste diversion and preserves the life of the municipal landfill.

In order to ensure residents have an opportunity to provide feedback, public engagement has been expanded in advance of the Environment Committee and Council consideration of the service level recommendations released today.

Open houses will be held April 5 and 6 between 4.30 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the following locations:

- April 5 – Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West and Manotick Arena, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive, Manotick; and,
- April 6 - Kanata Recreation Centre, 100 Walter Baker Place and Shenkman Arts Centre, 285 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans.

These open houses will offer a detailed comparison of the status quo compared to the recommended level of service. Staff will be available to answer questions and receive feedback from residents.

Residents are also invited to provide their feedback on the service level review at ottawa.ca, where a dedicated page has been created to collect public comment on the service level review recommendations.

A special Environment Committee meeting will be held at City Hall on April 11 for public delegations, debate and Committee recommendation on the staff report.

Full City Council will deliberate the committee recommendations on April 13.