City proposes improvements to yard waste collection and public drop-off

Customer feedback prompts recommended changes

Guelph, Ont., June 24, 2016 – The City is recommending improvements to its residential yard waste collection program and Public Waste Drop-off (PDO) site, for consideration at the July 5 Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Committee meeting.

“We heard from Public Drop-Off users and Guelph residents there’s a need to expand residential yard waste collection and improve access at the Waste Resources Innovation Centre,” says Cameron Walsh, plant manager of Solid Waste Resources. “We’re recommending a number of changes to make yard waste processing and the Public Drop-off more efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective.”

The recommendations to be discussed on July 5 include:

  • Expanding residential curbside yard waste collection to run biweekly from April to November, starting in 2017.
  • Improving site access and safety by adding a kiosk and bypass lanes at the PDO’s Gate 1 and accepting yard waste at Gate 3.
  • Developing a conceptual design for new scale infrastructure at the Public Drop-off to increase scale capacity, reduce wait times and alleviate vehicles lineups during peak times.
  • Increasing the minimum fee for mixed solid waste from $3 to $5, implementing a new $5 fee for residential yard waste, and establishing a $60 per tonne fee plus the $5 minimum fee for all commercial yard waste. The proposed fees are consistent with what comparable municipalities charge for these services.

If approved by Council, the new fees will be implemented this August. The revenue from the fees will pay for improvements to the PDO and the expanded residential curbside yard waste collection.

To fund the additional $225,000 cost for the proposed upgrades to the PDO and conceptual design City staff recommend a transfer from the Greenhouse Gas Reserve.

The expanded curbside yard waste collection program will be put forward for Council’s consideration during the 2017 budget process.

For more information

Cameron Walsh, Plant Manager
Solid Waste Resources, Environmental Services
519-822-1260 extension 2053