by Calli Stromner with files from Paul Smith
Morinville residents will be paying 16 per cent more for garbage collection than they did in 2013 after Council approved the Waste Management Bylaw during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. The $2.70 per month increase covers the cost of providing weekly garbage collection and recycling collection throughout the year. It also adds mandatory organic waste collection to the town’s service offering, providing weekly pick-up from May 1 – Oct. 31 and monthly pick-up during the winter months. Organics would be placed in the current yard waste containers.
“At current rates, our landfill is good for roughly 50 years,” said Councillor Rob Ladouceur when making the motion to approve the Waste Management Bylaw. Ladouceur is also the Council representative on the Roseridge Waste Management Commission. “If we could make it last longer, then the fees won’t go up as much because we will be able to be more sustainable.” He added that the new organic waste collection will be better for the environment, which is an important pillar for Council.
Councillors also suggested that while weekly waste pick-up will still occur this year, it may change to bi-weekly pick up in future years so that less actual garbage goes to the landfill. “I do agree that we will have to force the issue (of diversion),” said Councillor Barry Turner. “But at the same time to ensure that the long-term success of the program, I think the introduction of the organics stream first it will be more likely to succeed with that strong education component.”
Residents now have a very short window of time to keep their bins out, however. Under the new Bylaw, residents who place their bins out prior to 7:00 p.m. the night before their scheduled pick-up day or leave them out past 11:00 p.m. on their collection day can be fined either $100 for a first offense and $200 for repeat offenses.
The Town has been divided into two specific areas to coordinate waste collection activities with other public services, such as street sweeping and snow ploughing. Those households located north of Highway 642 (100 Avenue) will see garbage trucks on Tuesdays while those located on the southern portion of Hwy 642 (including South Glens), will have to place their bins out on Wednesdays.