Cost Savings in New City Solid Waste, Recycling Contracts

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June 17, 2016  #2016-16

 COST SAVINGS IN NEW CITY SOLID WASTE, RECYCLING CONTRACTS

PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows announced a new contract with Waste Management for garbage and green waste in Pitt Meadows effective November 1, at a cost savings with new services included. The news follows an announcement in May that Multi-Materials BC (MMBC) will be taking over the City’s curbside recycling services in September, which will be serviced by Smithrite Disposal.

“The new recycling contract enabled the City to realize some savings in terms of more services at a lower cost,” said Forrest Smith, the City’s director of engineering and operations. “This includes shifting costs from the homeowners to product packaging producers, which eliminates the current municipal subsidy required for recycling services, and residents will benefit from the addition of glass collection service at no additional cost.”

The new solid waste contract also means the city will increase service from four days a week to five, and will include automated curbside pickup in November, which will be serviced by environmentally-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

MMBC’s takeover of the recycling program shifts the cost of recycling pickup to the product packaging producers, and increases the accepted items to include glass at the curbside, and a provision to facilitate a Styrofoam collection event to help residents get rid of Styrofoam not collected in the curbside program.

“Council worked hard over the past year to look at various options for curbside collection services and including more items than have been in the past,” said Mayor John Becker. “The new contracts realize Council’s goals of cost savings and also providing curbside services that make it easier for residents.”

The City’s CAO Mark Roberts said, “Residents will reap the benefits since MMBC and Waste Management will be offering expanded service, at no extra cost to the City. We’re very pleased at the outcome of this work by Council, staff, and our service partners.”

Residents can expect to see delivery of new grey boxes for glass collection to be delivered to homes in August, along with the recycling collection guide. A garbage and green waste collection guide from Waste Management will be delivered around the same time.

New 120L garbage bins for the automated solid waste collection service will be delivered prior to November.

Items not collected in the curbside program, including film plastics such as plastic grocery bags, will continue to be accepted at the Pitt Meadows Bottle and Return-It Depot at 19090 Lougheed Highway, behind Save-On Foods in Meadowvale Shopping Centre.

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For more information please contact:
Mark Roberts, CAO
mroberts@pittmeadows.bc.ca 604-465-5454