While the town is supporting Household Hazardous Waste Day and free tipping for organic waste at the local landfill on Saturday, May 6, council agreed Monday night to draw the line on those two as far as waste management events this year.
At the April 10 council meeting, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft had requested that the Operations and Facilities executive committee consider two new waste management activities for the future:
•a free tipping day at the landfill for regular waste; and
•a curbside swap event where homeowners could place unwanted items on the curb so others could come along and take them free of charge (with any uncollected items ultimately taken to the landfill by town workers).
But in a report received by council at Monday night’s meeting, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said the ideas were discussed at the April 18 meeting of the Operations and Facilities executive committee and stressed they should not be supported due to the following reasons:
•The provincial mandate is to reduce the amount of waste deposited at landfills across Ontario, with a goal of 60 percent by 2008 (these activities would not fall in line with this mandate);
•The curbside swap already happens on a small scale without any support from the town, and it is estimated it would take four equipment operators and equipment a week to remove all the unwanted items left at the curbsides around town.
(Town staff is required to be utilized to perform more pressing activities, such as cleaning winter control sand out of the storm sewer or installing sidewalk ramps); and
•These two waste management events would lead to a loss in revenue, and thus an increase in cost, for waste management services this year.
“However, one of the outcomes of these discussions is that the town should consider prohibiting the delivery and disposal of ‘Blue Box’ recycling materials at the landfill site in the near future,” said Brown.
“The existing recycling system is not being fully realized and more recycling materials can be diverted from the landfill site,” he noted.
No timeline has been set for implementing the elimination of the disposal of recycling materials at the landfill site.
As mentioned above, Household Hazardous Waste Day, which is co-ordinated by the Rainy River Watershed Program, is slated for Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Public Works yard located on Fifth Street West at Wright Avenue.
Waste products you can turn in that day include batteries, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, pesticides, rat poison, pharmaceuticals, cleaning fluids, pool chemicals, bleach, ammonia, aerosols, paints/solvents, oils/gasoline, barbecue starter fluid, and propane cylinders.
Waste products should be separated and labelled.
No PCBs, commercial, infectious, radioactive, or unknown wastes, or commercially-generated waste will be accepted.
Waste day once again will coincide with a free tipping day at the municipal landfill, which will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 6.
The waiving of tipping fees applies strictly to leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, and garden waste. These items must be separate from regular waste when brought to the landfill.