By Cole Parkinson
Vauxhall town council have made some changes to their waste management and recycling bylaw.
During council’s regular meeting on Jan. 18, councillors were informed on how different the bylaw would look in 2021.
“The big commercial dumpsters have been replaced with three hundred gallon containers. And what we did after some discussion with staff, we changed some of the rates,” explained Coun. Kim Cawley, who also sits as the chair on the policy, bylaw and rates committee.
The committee met on Jan. 14 and carried a motion to recommend administration present the bylaw to council for first reading.
“We split the fees for the commercial containers into pickup for once per week or three times per week. Some of the staff felt that they would only need to tip some of the commercial containers once per week, rather than three times. That makes it cheaper for business owners and container owners. I think roll-out carts, the only changes there is the pickup rate increases $1 per year,” continued Cawley.
“The tipping fee for the dumpsters, I don’t think is any more expensive for those that want it three times per week but it’s a little bit cheaper for the businesses that want it once per week.”
Commercial containers include a service/tipping is monthly with a per container rate of $51, additional container rate is $30 and the extended service rate is $37.
Roll-out carts for residential are monthly with a charge of $18 per cart and no additional commercial carts are permitted.
Small commercial is also monthly with an $18 per cart charge and an additional commercial cart is $13.
Recycling is $7.05 monthly for residential, $12.05 for small commercial and $57.05 for large commercial.
Administration also furthered explained the need to switch to different garbage containers.
“The four cubic metre dumpsters have been removed because the older tipping truck is pretty much sold. So we have to find containers that our (new) truck can pick up and those are these containers,” stated CAO Cris Burns. “We’ll save lots in upgrades later but the dumpsters that we have 20 or 22 of, (they are) $4,000 reconditioned. These are $300 and some dollars for each brand new. They are smaller and decrease the amount of unneeded waste. Recycling should be put into recycling. Some businesses in town will have more than one container, the more waste you produce, the more you will pay.”
Motions for first, second and third readings were all carried unanimously.