October 31, 2017
Administration's proposed rate increases for garbage collection, recycling and other waste services for 2018 are lower than projected in the City’s three-year approved budget. This year’s budget proposes a rate increase of 2.3 per cent, rather than the original 4.1 per cent as quoted in the 2017 rate filing. If approved by City Council, this would bring the monthly fee up $1.03 to $45.93 for single-unit residential waste customers.
“Utility rate increases enable the City to continue providing citizens with essential waste services that are financially and environmentally sustainable,” said Michael Labrecque, Branch Manager of Waste Services. “We are prudent with these funds and work hard to provide the best possible value to Edmontonians.”
Today, the proposed 2018-2019 budget for Waste Services has been approved by the Utility Committee and will go to City Council for final approval November 14, 2017. As a public utility, waste services programs are not subsidized by property taxes; instead, they are funded entirely through rates and fees charged to residential and commercial users.
This year marks the third year of the City's three-year budget cycle. The proposed budget for the utility supports a variety of services including waste and blue bag collection, four Eco Stations, 20 community recycling depots and a Reuse Centre. Last year, Waste Services collected over 270,000 tonnes of residential waste.