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Council to consider reducing residential waste collection limit

April 8, 2016 9:52 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

At Monday’s scheduled council meeting, Red Deer City Council will hear first reading for a policy change that would reduce the amount of waste that households can set out for collection each week.

The change would see the allowable weekly amount of waste going from five units to three with a unit being defined as a garbage bag or can with a 100-litre capacity.

The new limit is part of the Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP), which aims to bring Red Deer’s per capita disposal rate down to 500 kg per capita per year. The City recently expanded its recycling program to accept plastics #1 through #7 in the blue box.

“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people to reduce their waste and put out less each week,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent. “The intent has always been to reduce the limit once we expanded the recycling program. We’re simply asking residents to be thoughtful about waste habits and to recycle more in order to waste less.”

Recent waste audits and surveys show that residents currently set out an average of 1.8 waste units per household per week.

“This tells us that Red Deer is ready for this change,” said Whitesell. “On average, residents are setting out far less than five units of waste each week, and this change acknowledges a community shift we need to make if we want to achieve the targets set out in the Waste Management Master Plan.”

Residents will continue to have the option of purchasing extra waste tags for $1 per tag, to be used for each additional unit of garbage.

Council will hear first reading on Monday and the bylaw amendment must pass second and third reading to go forward.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Whitesell
Waste Management Superintendent
The City of Red Deer
403-340-BLUE (2583)

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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