Homeowners in Niagara Region may be required to move to a user pay waste management system under sweeping changes proposed at a public works committee meeting on August 10, 2004.
According to waste planning and policy manager Janine Ralph, the proposed user-pay bag-tag system would make people think more about their behaviour. Currently, a uniform disposal rate is levied through property taxes.
By charging about $1 and $1.50 per tag, the move to a full bag-tag system could generate as much as $5-million annually. The funds would possibly be put toward a reserve for an incinerator to be shared with Hamilton, as part of a new partnership to divert waste from landfills. The proposed changes are also aimed at boosting participation in the region’s recycling and organics program.
(Since two-container limits were introduced to the rest of Niagara in April, recycling rates have increased by 26 per cent — not including the amount of material diverted from landfill through the new organics program.)
The more complete user pay system isn’t slated to take effect until 2007, if given political support. Critics argue that requiring residents to individually pay for each container of waste they produce would lead to widespread dumping.
Proposed changes also would prevent smaller municipalities from opting out of certain waste collection services or from making enhancements.
For further information, contact Janine Ralph, Manager, Planning & Policy, Regional Municipality of Niagara at 905-685-1571 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news, Niagara Region’s recycling facility is moving. Effective August 16, Niagara Region’s current recycling facility, located at 55 Oakdale Avenue in St. Catharines, will be closed. The Region’s new recycling facility will be opening at 5030 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls.
For further information, call Niagara Region’s Waste Management Services Info-Line at 905-687-9595 or 1-800-594-5542