Homeowners in London are being encouraged to leave less garbage at the curb starting next week.
Monday marks the beginning of a three month grace period before lower garbage container limits come into effect in 2017.
The three container limit adjustment period came into effect on October 1, 2016 but the first garbage collection day won’t be until Zone E on Monday.
Between October 1, 2016 and January 16, 2017, Londoners will be encouraged to leave three containers of garbage at the curb. If a fourth container is left at the curb during that time period it will still be collected but residents will be reminded of the new container limit and given options on how to manage their garbage.
London City Council voted back in June to reduce the garbage container limit in London from four to three after a report showed 90 per cent of Londoners are already putting out less than the current maximum.
It was the first time London had changed the container limit in 10 years. The four container limit had been in place since January 2006 when city council decreased the limit from 16 containers down to four.
Jay Stanford, Director of Environmental, Fleet and Waste Services told AM980 Londoners should remember the limit applies to containers, not garbage bags.
“If you have your garbage can whether it’s plastic or metal, people can put a number of bags inside that and put that at the curb and that will be considered one container. Think of it as a lift of garbage, you’re allowed three lifts of garbage.”
The city says the average Londoner puts 16kg of garbage at the curb at collection time, well below the current max of 80kg. Under the new three container limit residents would be limited to 60kg of garbage, so the average Londoner is still using only one third of the max they’re allowed.
According to city hall, 1.9 is the average number of garbage containers placed at the curbside for all collection days, including regular and long collection cycles and 91% of households, on average, are already at 3 containers or less.
While they are using the next three months as a grace period, Stanford said eventually that will end.
“You will have to tag that fourth or fifth container at the curb. That tag will cost you $1.50, they will be at a number of city locations in early January or late December. If a container isn’t tag, and it’s above the three container limit, it will be left behind.”
Residents who have extra garbage also have the option of taking their waste to a depot for a fee.
The reduction down to three containers puts London closer to meeting Waste Diversion Ontario’s best practice of a two container limit.
Under the new rules there will be four collection days per year when the three container limit isn’t enforced; Thanksgiving, Christmas, in the spring in late April/early May and in the fall at the start of September.
Full details on London’s new three container limit can be found here.