Citizens producing less waste in the future could paradoxically lead to higher waste collection cost.
That’s according to a report going before city council’s committee on utilities and corporate services Wednesday.
The report is exploring new ways to fund waste pickup in the city for the 2019-2022 business cycle, and it recommends moving away from using property tax dollars and towards a self-sustaining model based on user fees.
Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) is currently getting 22 per cent of its funding from property tax dollars – or about $37 million annually.
Another 68 per cent comes from fee revenue including landfill tipping fees, and the final 12 per cent comes from a gas tax grant.