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County Council Votes To Expand Rural Waste & Recycling Collection And Change User Fees

During today’s Wellington County Council meeting, Council approved expanding waste
and recyclable collection to all rural households, and to change user fees for waste disposal. Both changes will take effect on July 1, 2016.

“Expanding rural collection will allow all County residents the opportunity to access curbside services,” commented Warden George Bridge. “Given a convenient end of driveway option, we expect households will recycle as much of their waste as possible, which will extend the life of our landfill, which benefits all Wellington County residents.”

The County commissioned Oraclepoll Research Ltd. to conduct a phone survey of randomly selected County of
Wellington residents on issues related to waste management services in the County.

County Council also approved a modest change to user fees for waste disposal. Fees have remained unchanged in 15 years.

As of July 1:

  • Large user pay garbage bags will be $2.00, an increase of 25 cents
  • Small user pay bags will increase to $1.50 from $1.00
  • Bags brought to County waste facilities will be $2.00 each

The user fee changes are anticipated to offset the additional cost of providing the expanded rural curbside collection service.

In advance of the July 1 start date, two large blue boxes will be delivered to each rural household in the five municipalities which will be receiving the expanded service. The delivery will occur in late May or early June, and will include an information package to provide residents details on how to participate in the curbside waste and recycling programme.

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