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Council makes significant improvements to its Waste Management Program

October 20, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Council makes significant improvements to North Grenville’s waste management program. 

Changes to residential waste collection in North Grenville will go into effect February 1, 2021 and will include: biweekly solid waste collection; weekly source separated organics collection (food waste, wood chips, kitty litter & dog waste, paper food bags and used pizza boxes); and the introduction of curbside leaf and yard waste collection and bulky item collection (up to 4 events per year).

Recycling collection will remain the same.

“The new waste management program will provide residents of North Grenville with several additional and enhanced services. It also allows the municipality to efficiently respond to expected changes from the province which will ban food waste from landfills in the foreseeable future,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“While we understand there will be an adjustment period for many when it comes to food waste, the Municipality will be working in close partnership with the new waste management company to ensure a smooth transition,” added Mayor Peckford.

The new bag tag fee structure will come into effect in February 2021. The new charges include an updated solid waste bag tag fee of ($2.75), a bulky item bag tag fee ($12.50), and a leaf and yard waste bag tag fee ($1.00).

Existing bag tags will continue to be accepted until the new waste program is implemented in fully implemented in 2021. A transition program will be set up in the new year to address the remaining bag tags.

The new bag tag fees are designed to offset the cost of the enhanced waste management program, including organics collection, yard waste and bulky items resulting in no additional tax dollars being utilized for the program. 

“Over 50 percent of organic waste in North Grenville currently goes to landfill. The Municipality recognizes an enhanced waste management program will be beneficial for many urban and rural residents,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan.

In 2019, the Municipality of North Grenville conducted an extensive public engagement program on the future of waste management in the community, including several public consultations, an online survey, two discussion forums and several compost workshops.

Emterra Environmental, the new waste management contractor will be responsible for all aspects of North Grenville’s curbside program, including waste, recycling, and separated organics. Emterra has an excellent track record in the provision of municipal waste collection services and was awarded Canada’s Greenest Employer in 2018.

While the new waste management contract begins November 1, 2020, changes to products collected at curbside and the change in cost of bag tags will begin February 1, 2021.

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