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City recommends in-sourcing collections for upcoming city-wide curbside organics program

For immediate release: June 16, 2021 - 4:03pm
UE21-2247

On Monday, June 21, the administration will present a report to the Governance and Priorities Committee recommending that the City in-source collections service for the city-wide curbside organics program slated to begin in spring 2023. On October 22, 2018, City Council approved the establishment of a new waste management service level of bi-weekly year-round waste and organics collection for all curbside residential households.

The options being presented are as follows:

  • Option 1 ($3.0–3.3 million annually): In-source city-wide collection of organic waste.
  • Option 2 ($3.0–4.5 million annually): Out-source city-wide organic waste collection to a third party for a fixed term.
  • Option 3 ($4.2–5.65 million annually): In-source organic waste collection for a portion of the City and out-source the balance to a third party for a fixed term.

“Multiple factors were considered before arriving at this recommendation,” says Brendan Lemke, Director of Water & Waste Operations. “We are making a recommendation that puts us in the best position to operate this new program most efficiently and with the least impact on our existing resources.”

Decision factors included cost, cost stability, life cycle cost, span of control and labour relations implications. The recommended Option 1 was most favourable in all categories, as it would:

  • utilize existing City resources to maximum efficiency, including collections equipment and customer service infrastructure to ensure successful implementation;
  • provide the greatest span of control to adjust routing and service levels;
  • minimize risks associated with a third-party provider, including disruption to service and ability to maintain a high level of customer service and public relations;
  • minimize overall life cycle cost when considering both waste and organics programs and provides the highest level of certainty of costs over the long term; and
  • minimize impact to current workforce engaged in organics collections.

Review the full admin report and attachments.

Progress updates and a decision history can be found on the Curbside Organics Program webpage.