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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… Continue reading Waste user fees change and Saturday downtown waste collection starts January

Holiday waste sorting and collection tips

Guelph, Ont., December 21, 2016– Sorting waste during the holiday season is easy with these holiday waste tips from the City of Guelph. Be a good sort this holiday Gift wrappings, including wrapping paper, paper tubes, gift bags (not coated in plastic, handles removed), tissue paper, cardboard fruit crates, and cards all go into your blue cart. Poinsettias, natural greenery, and food scraps including fat and grease cleaned up with paper towel go into your green cart. Ribbon, bows, foil wrapping paper, gift bags coated in plastic, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, wood fruit crates, strands of lights, extension cords—aren’t recyclable or compostable—so they go into your grey cart. Don’t pour that turkey fat down the drain! Fat cools and blocks home and City pipes, creating… Continue reading Holiday waste sorting and collection tips

City improves online access to more than 40 services

Visit “I want to” at guelph.ca to access City’s most popular online services Guelph, Ont., Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Today, the City of Guelph introduced a new way to access its most popular digital services and released two new online tools. In January, 2016, the City asked Guelph citizens what online services would make their lives or businesses better. Of the 44 ideas that citizens contributed, the following were selected based on feasibility, departmental readiness and cost. I want to: A central hub to find more than 40 of the City’s most popular online services. The services listed will change each season based on what’s new and used the most. “I want to” is available on the homepage of guelph.ca. Waste reminder: This tool sends… Continue reading City improves online access to more than 40 services

City receives award for Downtown Waste Cart Communications Campaign

The City of Guelph’s Solid Waste Resources department is pleased to be a 2015 recipient of a Recycling Council of Ontario Silver Award for excellence in the Municipal Communications category. Received during Waste Reduction Week, October 19-25, the award was for the City’s Downtown Waste Cart Communications Campaign. The campaign was developed with the purpose to engage and inform the downtown community throughout the transition to three stream automated waste collection. The campaign specifically addressed the unique downtown environment while ensuring business owners and residents were aware of, prepared for, and successfully adopting the new automated collection system. The City also worked with the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Downtown Neighborhood Association groups to disseminate information to their members, including conveying the importance of… Continue reading City receives award for Downtown Waste Cart Communications Campaign

City temporarily closes recycling facility

Unknown substance on sorting line prompts closure Guelph, ON, August 12 – The City’s recycling facility—the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)—has been temporarily closed after an unknown substance came across one of the sorting lines at approximately 7:35 this morning, causing irritated eyes, headache, and difficulty breathing for staff working in close proximity. The Guelph Fire Department’s hazardous material team has been onsite investigating. At this time the Guelph Fire Department has not identified the substance. Eight City employees working at the MRF have been sent to Guelph General Hospital as a precaution. The City has contacted the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and an MOL representative is on site. All recyclable material on the affected sorting line… Continue reading City temporarily closes recycling facility

City seeks community feedback on waste management programs and services

Public consultation gets underway with open house and surveys Guelph, On, September 3, 2013 – The City of Guelph is seeking feedback and insight from the community as part of its Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) Review. Beginning this week, a telephone survey, administered by Metroline Research Group Inc., will gather responses on waste management practices and trends from a statistically significant sample of 400 randomly selected Guelph households. The telephone survey will be completed weekday evenings and Saturdays and will take approximately 10 minutes. All residents will have the opportunity to complete the same survey online. The web survey will be available at guelph.ca/waste from September 12 until October 31. Residents are also invited to share their thoughts and feedback at the first… Continue reading City seeks community feedback on waste management programs and services

City review to gauge progress and explore the future of waste management in Guelph

Guelph, On, July 23, 2013 – A review of the City’s 2008 Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) is currently underway and will provide recommendations that build on Guelph’s leadership in waste minimization and diversion for a sustainable, service focused and economically viable future. The SWMMP—a 25-year strategy approved by Council—set a path to achieve new waste minimization, diversion and disposal targets, and identified short- and long-term programs designed to achieve the targets. Since implementing the SWMMP, the City’s residential diversion rate has increased 30 per cent to 68 per cent in 2012, exceeding the first two targets set by the SWMMP. The increased diversion rate is a result of a number of City initiatives including the opening of the Organic Waste Processing Facility; recycling… Continue reading City review to gauge progress and explore the future of waste management in Guelph