Waste user fees change and Saturday downtown waste collection starts January

Yard waste drop-off fee waived

Guelph, Ont., December 22, 2016 – Starting January 1, some user fees at the Public Waste Drop-off will change and Saturday waste collection in the downtown core will begin.

Fee changes

Changes to the City’s waste fees were approved by Council as part of the 2017 budget. The fee increases more closely reflect the actual cost of processing waste materials and are now more in line with current market prices. The majority of the existing fees remain unchanged.

“Although, bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection was not approved as part of the 2017 budget process, Guelph residents can dispose of their bagged or bundled yard waste for free, once again, at 110 Dunlop Drive starting in January,” explains Heather Connell, manager of Integrated Services with Solid Waste Resources.

The $5 yard waste fee will be waived, until a review of all Solid Waste Resources’ services is complete and recommendations brought forward to Council in late 2017.

The fee changes that take effect in January include:

Fee 2017 2016 Change
Residential yard waste disposal $0 $5 $5 decrease
Commercial yard waste disposal $70 per metric tonne, with a minimum $10 fee $60 per metric tonne, with a minimum $10 fee $10 increase
Mixed waste disposal $75 per metric tonne, with a minimum $10 fee $75 per metric tonne, with a minimum $5 fee $5 increase on minimum fee
Concrete, brick rubble and toilet disposal $60 per metric tonne $55 per metric tonne $5 increase
Drywall disposal $70 per metric tonne $60 per metric tonne $10 increase
Asphalt roof single disposal $73 per metric tonne $68 per metric tonne $5 increase
Wood disposal $65 per metric tonne $60 per metric tonne $5 increase
Bulky item curbside pickup $33 for first item, with $27 for each additional item $32 for first item, with $26 for each additional item $1 increase
Composter purchase $45 $42 $3 increase
Extra-large blue or grey cart purchase $52 $45 $7 increase
Large blue or grey cart purchase $48 $41 $7 increase
Medium blue or grey cart purchase $32 $28 $4 increase
Small blue or grey cart purchase $27 $25 $2 increase

Cost saving tips for residents when dropping off waste:

  • Don’t make the trip with just one bag. Save money on fuel and waste disposal fees, wait until you have a few bags or a full load before heading to the Public Drop-Off.
  • Separate your recyclables from other waste. Recyclables are free to drop-off.
  • Use your curbside waste carts for recyclables, organics and garbage. Consider exchanging for a larger grey or blue cart. The more waste you set out at the curb, the less you’ll have to take to the Public Drop-Off.

Saturday downtown waste collection

“In response to feedback from downtown businesses, residents and visitors, and the success of the 2016 pilot program, we will be providing additional waste collection in Guelph’s downtown core in 2017,” adds Connell. “Downtown residents and businesses will receive waste collection on Saturdays, in addition to Monday through Friday, to help alleviate the high volumes of waste experienced on weekend.”

The cost of the Saturday waste collection in the downtown is approximately $40,000 per year. This new service was approved in the City’s 2017 budget.

For more information

Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated Services
Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2082
heather.connell@guelph.ca