In 2011, a solid waste and recycling utility was introduced to shift the flat rate charges from annual property tax levies to quarterly utility levies. The transfer is being phased in over a period of years. Currently, the cost of this service is split 75% on utility levies and 25% on property tax levies. Waste Utility Fees (PDF)
The fee is based on the amount of waste services used by the building tenants – how often waste is collected and how many bins need to be emptied each time. Those who sort and reduce their waste will be able to lower the costs of service.
Controlling your costs
Having a bin of garbage collected every day is the most expensive service. Cardboard and food waste collection costs less.
There is a fee charged for each pick-up and a fee for each bin emptied during that stop. The fees are structured this way to reflect the true labour costs of collecting waste. If a property requires fewer stops, then the Town's costs decrease. These savings are then passed on directly to the property owner.
Property owners get to select the number and size of bins they need, and the schedule for pick-up. Owners can change their service level four times a year to accommodate seasonal changes or successful waste reduction initiatives.