Council removes clear garbage bags from bylaw

March 22, 2017/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – At their regular meeting on March 20, 2017, City Council voted to remove clear bags from the new Waste Management Bylaw. The one bag weekly limit will remain in the Bylaw.

“I believe in our residents and their commitment to recycling,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “Between removing clear bags from the bylaw, implementing medical and diaper exemptions, implementing blue box and moving to a one bag limit reduces future costs and is great for the environment."

Starting the week of April 3, residents will be allowed one bag of garbage per week (can be any colour of bag). Bag tags for excess garbage bags can be purchased for $3/tag. A total of four bags can be placed out for collection each week (one bag included in your fees plus up to three tagged bags).

Council also approved care and compassion provisions that include:

Diaper exemption
Residents who apply for the diaper exemption will receive excess waste tags for one extra garbage bag each week for six months. The household must have two or more children under the age of four and this exemption must be re-applied for every six months. The application form will be available shortly.

Medical exemption
Residents who apply for the medical exemption will receive excess waste tags for one extra garbage bag each week for six months. This exemption must be re-applied for every six months. The application form will be available shortly.

Council directed staff to determine levels of contamination by looking for organics and recyclable materials in residential garbage bags over the next year. The results of the waste audits will be presented to Council in 2018.

Due to successful contract negotiations, the estimated costs for waste management programs came in lower than estimated. The increase from resident’s current utility bill will be $3.92 where the estimated cost was $6.44. This takes into account the savings from the closure of Westside Recycle Depot, the reduction of one bag per of garbage per week, and the decrease in staffing at the Eastside Recycle Depot. It also takes into account the added cost of curbside recycling collection and the reduced commodity revenue from the Eastside Recycle Depot.

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