The City of Ottawa’s Environment and Climate Protection Committee is considering an expanded Green Bin Program under a revised contract with Orgaworld Canada Ltd., on Monday, March 26.
Starting in mid-2019, plastic bags and dog waste could be included in green bins for weekly pick up, eliminating the need for special liner bags and reducing odour and pest concerns. This expanded service, would cost the City an additional $626,000 per year, working out to 15 cents a month for the average household.
To address potential odour issues from accepting plastic bags, Orgaworld would invest $3.9 million to upgrade the plant for enhanced service and to improve odour control, and submit a mitigation plan to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the City. The City would also hire a third-party independent consultant to review the plan.
The revised contract would end current arbitrations, avoiding costly litigation.
The remaining 12 years of the contract would provide better value to the City, thanks to proposed amendments:
- Reducing the processing rate for plastics and dog waste from $151 to $124 per tonne
- Lowering the minimum tonnage of organics that the City must provide to Orgaworld from 80,000 to 75,000 tonnes per year, saving $2.7 million in unnecessary costs until 2022
- Increasing flexibility during peak seasons of leaf and yard waste by converting the daily limit of 540 tonnes to a weekly limit of 2,700 tonnes
The revised contract would divert more waste, helping to extend the life of the Trail Road landfill and meet new provincial diversion targets.
City Council will consider the report at its meeting on Wednesday, March 28.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this proposal, please share them with my office by calling 613-580-2480 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you.
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