City Councillors will be getting a first look at a report that aims to reduce London’s curbside garbage container limit next week.
The report prepared by the City’s Environment, Fleet, and Solid Waste Division will be presented at Tuesday’s Civic Works Committee meeting.
The purpose of the report will be to examine the options for reducing the garbage container limit for residences, along with outlining a community information and engagement process for public feedback.
Councillors will be reviewing a case to reduce the garbage container limit from four to three, or possibly even two bags on garbage day. Current policy caps container weight limit at up to 20kgs/44lbs.
The committee will also consider a request for a public participation meeting to be scheduled in the coming weeks to gather feedback from Londoners.
The current four container limit has been in place since January of 2006, after the council of the day decreased the previous limit that capped the number of containers at up to approximately 16 containers.
According to the reports, 90 per cent of households are already only putting three containers out on garbage day. City staff say the most significant challenge with container limits is the nature of the longer collection cycle that occurs on Mondays and holiday weekends because of the six business day collection cycle.
Statistics show that the average London household has reduced its curbside garbage by 20 per cent over the last 10 years.
Businesses will still be permitted to set out 12 bags of garbage per collection.
If this proposal gets final approval in the coming months, it could result in minor service cost reductions and additional revenue for recyclables.
Also on the agenda at next week’s meeting is a proposal to sell blue boxes at Envirodepots. The committee will be asked to approve selling the recycling boxes at cost for $6 each, at a maximum of two at a time.
Currently, blue boxes that need replacing are only available for purchase at retail stores for a cost of $10 to $13.