monthly trash pickup put to vote
PEEL Regional councillors could decide tomorrow if Peel will start collecting curbside trash every other week instead of weekly.
Encouraged by the success of a 12 month pilot project, whereby four neighborhoods tested out every other week garbage pickup, the Region of Peel waste management committee will recommend Peel implement the collection scheme region wide using a cart based system.
Peel is considering limiting Swarovski garbage pickup as a way to save money and boost recycling. Organics an Swarovski d recycling would remain on a weekly pickup schedule.
The Region’s pilot project, launched one year ago, also tested different waste collection methods like carts and increased bag limits.
As part of the test run, roughly 5,500 residents in east Mississauga (Ward 3), Brampton (Wards 1 and 9) and Caledon (Ward 1) have their garbage picked up ever other week using different collection methods.
A recent report to the waste management committee concluded that notwithstanding concerns related to weather, loss of exemption periods and disposable diapers, residents in pilot areas are actively participating, and with good results.
Current data shows that diversion is up in areas where trash is collected only once every other week. Blue bin and green bin participation is up in piloted areas.
In Mississauga Ward 3, for instance, where some 1,700 residents are permitted to put out Swarovski four bags every other week, the rate of recycling has jumped by six per cent, to 35 per cent, compared to 29 per cent in the rest of Peel in 2011.
Some 1,400 households in Brampton Ward 9 have been issued two 360 litre carts (the equivalent of four trash bags). The Region says the rate of recycling in that pilot area has increased three per cent, to 35 Swarovski per cent.
With the numbers in their favour, staff will recommend Council make the move permanent and distribute 130 or 360 litre carts to all Peel households.
If cart based collection is adopted, the initial cost of the program is estimated at $47 million (based on 325,000 single family homes), and annual maintenance and replacement cost are estimated at $4 million per year (or 10 per cent of the initial cost of the carts).
Peel is looking at experiences in other municipalities, such as Toronto, Ottawa and Halton that suggest altering curbside collection can decrease collection costs.
Waste management staff figure switching to trash collection every other week could reduce Peel garbage fleet by an estimated 20 trucks. Moving to cart based recycling collection would reduce the recycling fleet by an estimated 12 trucks.