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Nov 12, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

City keeps garbage rates frozen, removes incentive for small bins

City Centre Mirror

Toronto’s budget committee has voted to end a small incentive for households to minimize the amount of garbage they put out each collection.

The committee voted Monday, Nov. 12, to support a motion from Toronto’s budget chief Mike Del Grande to end the $2.84 rebate on the garbage rate for those homeowners who have the smallest of the grey bins the city gives out for trash collection.

Del Grande had last week signalled he believed it was unfair to actually rebate any homeowners on the rate-supported garbage collection plan.

The plan, which was put in place under the administration of former mayor David Miller, charges homeowners varying rates depending upon the size of bins they have. The smallest bin, which holds just one bag of garbage to be collected every second week, had the incentive of offering not a fee but a small rebate, checked against the homeowner’s water bill.

Last week, Del Grande characterized the matter as a “freebie on your garbage collection.”

At Monday’s meeting, Del Grande quietly moved the motion to eliminate the freebie.

“The new small bin fee means that there will be an additional $2.84 per year, to bring it in line with what the true cost of what the small bin is,” said Del Grande.

Otherwise, the garbage rates will be frozen at last year’s rate. Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks attempted to have the rate raised by 2.1 per cent, but the committee didn’t support him.

Perks said the freeze of the rate ties the city’s hands for next year as it considers how to improve Toronto’s waste diversion rate, which at 50 per cent is still 20 points shy of the 70 per cent waste diversion target that council has set for itself.

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