2012 Waste Collection Changes

 

Although I voted against the change, on April 13, 2011, City Council approved a change in solid waste collection service levels. This means that on October 29, 2012, the City of Ottawa will move to a biweekly solid waste pickup schedule.  Please click on the links below for information.

 

  • Changes to the City’s solid waste collection schedule are starting on October 29, 2012.
  • Households will have their residual garbage collected every two weeks
  • The schedule of blue and black box collection may change, but frequency of pick-up remains the same
  • 158,000 households will receive a new collection day
  • Delivery began the first week of September for the 2012-2013 collection calendar.
  • Residents whose collection day is changing will receive a letter from the City with their new collection day in early October.
  • Green bins will continue to be collected every week.

 

FAQ’s

 

Is the City’s solid waste collection schedule changing?

Yes. Earlier this year we began weekly collection of green bins on a year-round basis. There are three more changes that will occur this fall:

1. Residents receiving curbside or common pad collection will have their residual garbage collected every two weeks

2. The schedule of blue and black box collection will change, but frequency of pick-up remains the same

3. 158,000 households will be on a new collection day.

 

When will these changes take place?

All three changes will take place beginning the week of Monday, October 29, 2012.

 

How is the City informing residents about the changes to the collection schedule?

All residents will receive information about these changes in their collection calendar. Delivery of the 2012-2013 collection calendar began the first week of September.

Residents who will receive a new collection day will receive a letter from the City with their new collection day. These letters will be sent out in early October.

The City is running ads in print, radio, online, cinema, bus ads and bus shelters and social media during the months of September and October to create awareness of the upcoming changes. Information is also be available through Twitter 3-1-1 and is displayed prominently on the front page of ottawa.ca.

 

Why are some residents receiving a new collection day?

The City changed service providers in 4 of Ottawa’s 5 solid waste collection zones. It is common for new solid waste collection contractors to re-organize collection routes in their area. These changes are done to make sure the contractor is serving the entire area effectively and efficiently.

 

Why is the City moving to bi-weekly garbage collection?

The City’s move to bi-weekly garbage collection is part of a larger strategy to extend the life of Ottawa’s landfill. The cost of a new landfill is estimated at $250 million. Bi-weekly collection will save taxpayers $10 million dollars, help lower the amount of garbage going to landfill and reduce the number of collection vehicles on the road.

 

When did Council approve the change to bi-weekly collection?

Bi-weekly garbage collection was identified as a strategic direction in the Integrated Waste Management Master Plan approved by Council in 2003. Council approved changes to the residential waste curb side collection service levels, including a switch to bi-weekly solid waste collection on April 13, 2011. Extensive community consultation took place between November 2010 and April 2011.

 

What can residents do to adapt to bi-weekly garbage collection?

One of the best ways to adapt to bi-weekly garbage collection is to reduce the amount of garbage a household produces. Residents are encouraged to maximize their use of the City’s recycling programs, including the green bin, blue bin, black bin Take It Back and Household Hazardous Waste programs. The green bin will be collected weekly throughout the year and recyclables will continue to be picked up on alternating weeks. Residents can visit ottawa.ca for tips on how to get the most out of their green bin and on what items can be placed in the blue and black bins.

 

Will the switch to bi-weekly affect the recycling schedule?

The collection schedule will change but the frequency of pick-up for recycling bins will not be affected. Black and blue bins will be collected on alternating weeks. The green bin will be collected weekly year-round. Residents can put out an unlimited amount of recycling for collection.

 

Will the switch to bi-weekly affect the garbage bag limit?

The City’s Solid Waste Management By-law specifies that residents receiving curbside collection can put out a combination of three containers of garbage and/or bulky items per week.

In a bi-weekly system, therefore, the City’s current policy is that residents can put out a combination of six containers and bulky items per collection day (three containers/items per week times two weeks).

The City anticipates, however, that the switch to bi-weekly garbage collection will result in a significant reduction in the amount of garbage residents produce.

 

Is the City planning any supplemental pickup for residents with collection day changes?

Due to collection day changes, some residents will experience an extended period without collection. The City is planning a supplemental garbage and recycling pickup day for these households on Saturday November 3, 2012. Affected residents will be notified in the same letter that confirms their new collection day.

 

Is the City providing a special considerations program for diaper and incontinence product pick-up?

Yes, the City is providing a special consideration program for residents who need supplemental pickup of diapers and incontinence products. Beginning October, residents can sign up for the program by calling 3-1-1 or visiting ottawa.ca.