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City Council votes on waste and organics funding, with curbside organics program to launch in 2023.

For immediate release: March 26, 2019 - 8:56am
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City Council, at its regular business meeting held on March 25, 2019 voted to pursue a moderate phase-in option as presented by the Administration regarding the implementation of the curbside organics program and funding for existing waste services 

Option 2: Moderate Phase-In was presented as follows: 

  • 2020 - 1.0% Property Tax Increase - No change to current waste services.
  • 2021 - 1.0% Property Tax Increase - No change to current waste services.
  • 2022 - 1.0% Property Tax Increase - No change to current waste services.
  • 2023 - 0.93% Property Tax Increase - First year of curbside organics program. New waste service level (bi-weekly collection in summer).

This option attempts to balance financial investment with a view towards achieving the City’s waste diversion target. The first 1.53% (approximately $3M) of the 2020 and 2021 Property Tax impact is solely dedicated to addressing the funding deficit in the Waste Program while the remaining estimated 2.4% will go towards a new curbside organics program. The City will continue to seek alternative funding sources on an annual basis to reduce this impact. Precise timing for the deployment of the curbside organics program in 2023 would be determined by the terms of the successful proposal from the organics RFP process. 

We will now focus on developing the implementation plan for the curbside organics program, says Dan Willems, Acting Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer. “We look forward to providing this new service to residents in 2023 and making strides towards our waste diversion target.” 

The detailed report and all of its attachments can be found here.