Ward 11 E-Newsletter - January 2015

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In This Issue...
2015 City Budget Meetings 

 

The 2015 City Budget meetings are now underway. Mississauga's Budget Committee, which consists of all members of City Council, will be reviewing recommendations for the City's 2015 Business Plan & Budget throughout January and February.  The schedule of 2015 Budget Committee meeting dates is as follows: 
  • January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
  • February 3
The proposed 2015 Business Plan & Budget is scheduled for City Council on February 11, 2015.  All Budget Committee meetings are open to the public and are aired live on Rogers Cable 10 as well.

You can view the entire 2015 Business Plan & Budget on the City's budget website, which is accessible at www.mississauga.ca/budget.  If you would like to learn more about the City's budget process, please visit the City's budget website and view the new City Budget Basics video, which explains programs and services the City delivers and how plans are developed for future years.  The website also contains a useful Budget Allocator tool, which helps residents understand City budgeting priorities and includes a feedback button.
 
For more information about the 2015 City Budget, please visit the City's budget website at www.mississauga.ca/budget.  Top 
New Cart-Based, Bi-Weekly Waste Collection Program 

 

Beginning the week of January 4, 2016, the Region of Peel will be changing to a cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program.  The following changes will occur to your waste collection under this  new program:
  • Garbage and organics will be picked up one week
  • Recycling and organics will be picked up the next week
  • Change from garbage bags and recycling bins to carts
  • Yard waste collection will not be affected

The new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program will result in a reduction of the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and an increase in recycling and organics recycling. Under the new waste collection program, an additional 4-6% of waste material will be diverted from landfills.  The new waste collection program will also reduce current greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,700 - 11,100 tonnes of eCO2. This reduction in greenhouse gases will be achieved by reducing the garbage fleet; reducing the amount of organic material being sent to landfills; reducing the number of loads hauled to landfills; and reducing the recycling fleet.  The new waste collection program is very economical and will result in an annual cost-savings of approximately $9 million.

  

In addition to these benefits, the new garbage, recycling, and organics carts are easy to wheel to the curb; pest resistant; and will prevent wind-blown blue box litter, which costs the City approximately $385,000 in litter cleanup costs each year.  

 

Under the new waste collection program, residents will be using garbage, recycling, and organics carts to collect household waste.  Each household will receive the following:

  • 1 organics cart,
  • 1 recycling cart, and
  • 1 garbage cart.

The organics (green) cart is available in one size only.  All residents will receive a 100 L green cart. This new green cart will hold the same amount of organic waste as 2 current green carts or 14 small organics containers.

 

Garbage carts are available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large and will hold the following amounts of waste:

  • A small cart will hold 2 - 3 bags of garbage.
  • A medium cart will hold 3 - 4 bags of garbage.
  • A large cart will hold 4 - 5 bags of garbage.

Recycling carts are also available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large and will hold the following amounts of recycling:

  • A small cart will hold 2 blue boxes.
  • A medium cart will hold 4 blue boxes.
  • A large cart will hold 6 blue boxes.
Residents will need to choose the sizes of the garbage and recycling carts they would like to use to collect their respective household waste.  When choosing cart sizes, please keep in mind the amount of household waste that you and your family produce over a 2 week period.  Residents must choose their cart sizes by March 31, 2015 and can do so in the following ways:
  • Visit the Region of Peel's website at www.peelregion.ca/waste and choose your cart sizes online
  • Attend an Open House hosted by the Region of Peel:

Ward 11 Open House 

Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 4-9pm 

at Dolphin Senior Public School 

18 Brookside Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M 1H3

 

Carts will be delivered, free of charge, to residences between September-December 2015, and you will begin using your carts the week of January 4, 2016, when the new waste collection program begins.  Until then, please continue to use your old blue box, green bin, and garbage containers/bags to collect your household waste.  To learn more about the new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program, please visit the Region of Peel's Waste Management website at www.peelregion.ca/waste.  Top 

Let it Snow: Mississauga Winter Maintenance Operations

 

Winter is in full swing, and the snow has begun to fall! When the snow falls, there are many ways you and your family can keep up to date on the City's salting and plowing operations:

  • Follow the City's winter maintenance updates on Twitter @MississaugaSnow for current conditions and progress
  • Visit mississauga.ca/snow for live updates, details, routes and maps
  • Call our Information Snow Line 905-615-SNOW (7669) to hear recorded information about plowing and salting during a snow event, available 24/7.

The City clears and salts roads, priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings within 12-36 hours after the end of a snowstorm. During a snowstorm crews focus on clearing priority routes. Local or residential streets are plowed after priority roads are cleared. The table below indicates when the City will salt and plow:

 

Snowfall Accumulation 

Less than 8 cm (3") 

More than 8 cm (3")

Less than 15 cm (6") 

More than 15 cm (6") 

Less than 30 cm (6"-12")

More than 30 cm (12")   

Major/ Priority Roads 

Salting Only

Plowing and salting

Cleared within 12 hours after the end of a snowfall 

Plowing and salting

Cleared within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall 


Plowing and salting

More than 24 hrs after the end of a snow fall

Residential/Secondary Roads, Bus Stops, Priority Sidewalks, and Pedestrian Crossings

Salting Only

Plowing and salting
Cleared within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall 

Plowing and salting
Cleared within 36 hours after the end of a snowfall 

Plowing and salting
More than 36 hours after the end of a snow fall


Please keep in mind that roads with parked cars take longer to plow or salt, so please ensure to remove vehicles from roads during heavy snowfalls. A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga between November 1-March 31between 2 a.m.- 6 a.m. As such, parked or stopped vehicles may be towed and stored at the owner's expense. Also, during snow clearing, temporary parking requests (parking considerations) will not be issued and current ones will be cancelled.  For more information about the City's winter maintenance operations, please visit www.mississauga.ca/snow.  
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Calling All Youth: Mississauga City Youth Council Needs You!

The Mississauga City Youth Council (MiCYC) is looking to recruit passionate and dedicated youth to help amplify the voice of youth within their wards as a Mississauga City Youth Councillor.  The MiCYC is a volunteer youth organization that gives youth the opportunity to learn more about politics; reach out to your community; and influence how your city works.  This is a great opportunity for youth to not only get involved within their community, but gain valuable experience working alongside their City Councillor and other community leaders.

 

To be eligible, youth must either live or attend school within the ward they apply to represent; as well as be at least 14 years of age as of October 31st, 2014 and no older than 24 years of age by October 31st, 2016. For more information and to apply, check out the application here.  For more information about the MiCYC, please visit www.mississauga.thecyc.ca .   Top 

Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1
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