Cornwall City Council 
 

DEPARTMENT:
Department of Infrastructure and Municipal Works
REPORT NUMBER:
2019-04-IMW-ENV
PREPARED BY: Danielle Watson, Waste Management Supervisor 
REPORT DATE: 02/25/2019
MEETING DATE: Mar 04, 2019 05:00 PM
 
SUBJECT:Report on the Proposed Waste Management By-Law


 



PURPOSE

To inform Council of changes included in the updated Waste Management By-Law. It is proposed to adopt the new By-law at the Council Meeting of March 25, 2019 in advance of the new garbage, recycling, as well as leaf and yard waste contracts, for curbside waste collection, beginning April 1, 2019.

RECOMMENDATION

That Council review the draft Waste Management By-law, provide feedback and propose any changes to the draft.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no financial implications resulting from this updated By-law.



STRATEGIC PRIORITY IMPLICATIONS

Pillar 3 - Environment - review Waste Management Master Plan



BACKGROUND / DISCUSSION

Resulting from Council's endorsement of the 2011 Solid Waste Management Master Plan and report 2018-10-IMW-ENV of May 28, 2018, the proposed Waste Management By-law was updated to consolidate all previous amendments from the original By-law (076-1994) and recent updates further to the recommendations of the Waste Management Master Plan.

The overall objective of these initiatives is intended to:

    • increase waste diversion; and
    • preserve landfill capacity (the current lifespan of which is about to the year 2030).
The report to Council of May 28, 2018 outlined the following initiatives for public consultation:
  1. the implementation of a proposed 6-bag garbage limit (tag system) in conjunction with mandatory curbside blue box recycling;
  2. public, open space, and special event recycling;
  3. the implementation of waste disposal site public access depot program to facilitate additional waste diversion; and
  4. the elimination (or modification for those with accessibility issues) of the existing curbside bulky waste item collection.

Based on feedback from the extensive public consultation undertaken in July 2018, Administration included the following items in the curbside collection request for proposal:
  1. The implementation of a proposed 6-bag limit (tag system);
  2. The elimination (or modification for those with accessibility issues) of the existing curbside bulky item collection; and
  3. The implementation of cart-based collection for Multi-Residential, Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional properties.

Administration has reviewed the existing Solid Waste By-law (076-1994) and has proposed updates for Council's consideration.

A key objective of all these programs is to continue to advance the public education and outreach aspects through various initiatives.

The highlights of the proposed changes to the existing By-law include:

  1. The implementation of a 6 bag (or 3 container) limit for residential collection and one, 360 litre cart collection (per two multi-residential units);
  2. The phase-in of a cart-based collection program for garbage and recycling services for Multi-Residential, Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) properties beginning June 1, 2019;
  3. The removal of bulky waste collection from weekly curbside collection with the possibility of implementing a separate pay-per pick-up, or alternative collection program, for the removal of a wider variety of large items (ie; mattresses, appliances, electronics, furniture);
  4. The implementation of curbside branch pick-up as part of the new leaf and yard waste collection contract;
  5. A schedule and guidelines for setting out waste during snowfall events and winter snow removal; and
  6. Clarification on the types of materials that can be recycled in the single-stream blue box program.

The following items were not addressed in this revision of the By-law and could be brought back to Council for further discussion at a later date:
  1. Mandatory Recycling; and
  2. Public, Open Space, and Special Event Recycling.

IMPLEMENTATION

The following table outlines the suggested implementation schedule as well as the promotional and educational activities associated with the proposed By-Law amendments.
Proposed Amendment
Implementation Date
Promotional/ Education Campaign
6 bag (or 3 container) limit for garbage collection at residential properties
April 1, 2019
Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information. Fridge magnets with new collection information to each residence (amount of garbage, what materials are recyclable, etc.).

The Recycle Coach App and online system will also be used to promote better recycling and supply users with an itemized list of what can and cannot be recycled., to help homeowners reduce waste.

1- 360 Litre Cart for garbage (per 2 multi-residential units) at multi-residential properties
June 1, 2019
Be Cart Smart Flyer (attached), Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information. Stakeholder information sessions for Multi-Residential and IC&I properties for cart purchase, phase-in, set-out information, etc.

The Recycle Coach App and online system will also be used to promote better recycling and supply users with an itemized list of what can and cannot be recycled, to help homeowners reduce waste.

Fridge magnets with new collection information for MR and ICI (amount of garbage, what materials are recyclable, etc.).

Elimination of Bulk Waste Collection from Weekly Curbside Collection
April 1, 2019
Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information.
Branches and Untreated Wood collected with Leaf and Yard Waste Collection
April 1, 2019
Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information. Fridge magnets with new collection information.
Implementation of a Cart-based collection program for Multi-Residential, and IC&I stops
June 1, 2019
Be Cart Smart Flyer (attached) Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information. Stakeholder information sessions for Multi-Residential and IC&I properties for cart purchase, phase-in, set-out information, etc.

The Recycle Coach App and online system will also be used to promote better recycling and supply users with an itemized list of what can and cannot be recycled, to help homeowners reduce waste.

Fridge magnets with new collection information for MR and ICI (amount of garbage, what materials are recyclable, etc.).

Winter Waste Collection times and guidelines
April 1, 2019
Website, radio, social media, and media news releases/information. Fridge magnets with new collection information.

In advance of the April 1 implementation date for residential stops, an extensive promotional and educational campaign will take place using various media outlets i.e., radio, newspaper, website, social media, in addition to including the summary information on a fridge magnet for each residence.

Once the proposed amendments are implemented, a tag-and-leave system will be used wherein the collection contractor staff seek to inform the public and ultimately tag any unacceptable material at the curb - including bags above the proposed limit. The tag will inform the resident that the material is not acceptable for waste collection, provide tips for disposal/recycling and will list the Corporation's contact information and website should they require further information.

The Corporation currently uses the tag-and-leave system and finds it works well to increase education and awareness among residents.

CONCLUSION
The By-law amendments proposed follow the recommendations set forth in the Solid Waste Management Master Plan 2011 document approved by Council and supported by the public engagement feedback received in July 2018 and beyond.

These proposed amendments are intended to continue to guide the City's increased waste diversion efforts and assist with prolonging the life of the landfill beyond 2030.




ATTACHMENTS

New by-law draft for council.pdfNew by-law draft for council.pdfCarts-draft.pdfCarts-draft.pdf

Motion to receive Report 2019-04-IMW-ENV.

Moved By: Carilyne Hébert, Councillor
Seconded By: Glen Grant, Councillor

Motion Carried














Approval

February 28, 2019 08:24 AM
Carl Goodwin
Division Manager, Environment
February 28, 2019 09:02 AM
John St Marseille
General Manager, Infrastructure and Municipal Works
February 28, 2019 10:09 AM
Maureen Adams
Chief Administrative Officer