A “heavy” increase in costs as the price of bin bag labels officially doubles


The move bolsters the increase in waste disposal fees – beyond the lowered limit of two containers – to $ 2 per bag, from the current $ 1, effective January 1, 2022.

North Bay City Council has approved an amendment to the City of North Bay Waste Management User Fee By-law. Tuesday’s unanimous council vote is the final step in changes to the City’s garbage collection rules, which are expected to come into effect on January 1, 2022.

The move bolsters the increase in waste disposal charges – beyond the lowered limit of two containers – to $ 2 per bag, from $ 1 currently. Starting in the New Year, the current “three free bag limit” will increase to two bags / containers. The industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors would see their limits go from 12 to 10 containers depending on the proposed model. Tags will continue to be available for purchase at the Customer Service Center on the Main Floor of City Hall – at the new price of $ 2 each.

See linked: Council supports changes in local waste collection

Public education campaign outlining the changes to waste collection has been undertaken by the City.

Com. Mac Bain, who has long advocated for an overhaul of the City’s waste management system, is delighted with these measures.

“It has been a long time for us to get to today,” Bain observed. “I wish I had seen something more aggressive – we will get there, eventually.”

With a nod to public concerns about the lowered waste limit, Bain noted that its own multigenerational shared living space includes multiple adults and children and still only puts two curbside receptacles for collection each week. Bain said they brought out “five or six blue boxes [every other week] but less than two receptacles “, of waste.

“I hope that if we move forward in this direction, we will see the levy go down and the taxes go down for the cost of the permanent collection of all the bins,” he added. In 2025, the cost of recycling will begin to be borne by the producers of the materials, and not by the municipalities, potentially creating additional savings.

According to Definition of the City of North Bay, a standard bin can contain several garbage bags:

“Additional bags / containers can have a maximum weight of 15 kilograms, or 35 pounds, and containers cannot exceed 150 liters or 33 gallons. The City will collect three additional garbage bags / containers. [beyond the permitted two] per household as long as they have a bag tag. “

Karin Pratte, the city’s senior environmental and facilities engineer, previously said during committee discussions that the City of North Bay “allows the most garbage at the edge of any other large community in the North. ‘Ontario’. More than Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins without any user fees. “We have the largest volume allowed at the curb – for free. Going down to two free bags we would be comparable. “

During the service level change discussions last December, Pratte told members: “This is not only environmentally friendly, but also tax-efficient … The intention here is not to sell thousands and thousands of bag tags. The intention is to get people to think differently about what they throw in the waste stream. “

Tuesday, Council. Chris Mayne said he had received concerns about lowering the container limit from families with children wearing diapers or from households with members with medical conditions who produce more waste.

“Families with unique and special situations… these exceptions are taken into consideration,” Mayne said. “We hope that an application process will be posted on the City’s website in the coming weeks.”

See also: Garbage discussion expected at tonight’s committee meeting

A common concern surrounding the discussion of user fees for waste collection is the potential for an increase in illegal landfills to bypass the cost of bag tags and Coun. Mark King has raised the issue in the past and the Council. Ed Valenti touched on the subject on Tuesday.

“The problem is, stuff is being dumped in the backyards and the bush areas.” Valenti added that he also had concerns “about the increase in fees. I don’t know if the income justifies the situation.”

There is a financial component to the change in service level. The report cites the increase in waste collection costs as the reason for doubling the price of the tag from one to two dollars and advises: “If half of the residential households took out an extra bag 4 times a year, the extra income would be. of $ 75,284. There are approximately 1,000 ICI customers who are currently allowed to take out 12 bags per week for garbage collection. Their new free bag allowance would be 10 bags per week. If half of the ICI customers took out 12 bags 4 times a year, the additional revenue would be $ 16,000. Therefore, a total increase in revenue of $ 91,284.

According to Pratte report, any waste diversion strategy put forward has the overriding objective of protecting the life of the Merrick municipal landfill, which the City consistently cites as one of its most valuable but limited assets. These programs are designed to divert waste from the landfill to recycling programs, with the goal of maintaining or extending the useful life of the landfill.

Pratte noted that she would be happy if no labels were sold and recycling habits improved, as 30 to 40 percent of the waste entering the landfill comes from recyclable materials. She added that this program is aimed at households with three receptacles and no recycling.

“It wouldn’t have a huge impact on your average user,” Pratte said. “It would encourage users to recycle more.”

According to the report: “The increase in the annual cost to a household would depend on the number of bins taken out each week. Currently, households take out about 1.5 trash cans per week. This means that most households would not need to purchase additional tags. however, are residents who will choose to install more than 2 receptacles for convenience. ”


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