Regina’s Executive Committee votes to move garbage, recycling and yard waste services to a user-pay model

Regina’s executive committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to charge garbage, recycling and the new yard waste collection program on utility bills rather than property taxes.

The committee considered four different payment options: the three services on property taxes, two combinations of property taxes and utility bills, and the chosen one that will move all three services to a user-pay model.

City Council will have the final vote on the proposal at next week’s meeting.

“All of these options are going to cost us more money,” Ward told 8 Coun. Shanon Zachidniak. “There is no option that will cost less for new waste diversion and if we don’t do it right we will pay again later with new landfill.”

Currently, recycling fees appear on utility bills and regular garbage collection falls under property taxes.

Yard waste collection will be a new service next fall.

If council approves the proposal, Regina residents will have a choice of the current 360-litre garbage cart or a 1/3 smaller cart. (Radio Canada)

Under the proposal, residents will be able to choose between the current 360-litre garbage cart or a smaller 240-litre cart for a lower fee.

“If approved today, I personally believe my home will be able to use the 240 liter garbage cart to save money,” the Ward 10 Coun said. Landon Mohl.

If households choose the smaller 240 liter garbage cart, their annual fee would be $193.45 per year, which also includes the costs associated with collecting and handling a food and yard waste cart of 240 liters and a 360 liter recycling trolley.

Choosing the largest garbage cart will cost $284.70 per year.

The option chosen by the executive committee also includes a rate reduction component for seniors and low-income households.

Currently, Regina has brown wagons and blue wagons. Next fall there will also be green carts for food and garden waste.

Moving to user fees for the three curbside waste collection services will remove approximately $8.9 million (or 3.16% of the rate per mile) in costs from the property tax base .

Regina’s waste diversion rate has remained steady at around 20% since 2015.

The City’s goal is to increase the waste diversion rate to 65% and extend the life of the municipal landfill.

Next fall, residents will have a green cart for food and yard waste in addition to the existing brown and blue carts. (Radio Canada)

It is estimated that a new landfill would cost between 50 and 100 million dollars.

If approved by the board, the new rate structure will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Many other cities across the country have moved to user-pay models.

Starting in 2024, Saskatoon households will be able to choose from three sizes of garbage carts: the 360-litre carts currently in use, or other 240-litre and 180-litre options available at a discount.

At that time, garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling services will all be billed as a utility.

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