Thunder Bay – Recycling Costs Double.

Curbside recycling service cost to double

Curbside recycling collection is going to be more expensive for the city starting in the New Year.

Thunder Bay city council on Monday night approved an 18-month extension with their third party service provider, at a cost of more than double the previous rate.

The contract with GFL Environmental, which has an annual price of nearly $2.6 million, will begin on Jan. 1, 2019 and run through the end of June 2020. The previous agreement came at a hit of $1.2 million per year.

“We have a facility that processes all our material that is an antiquated system. It needs major upgrade and we need to have a company or a business to amortize costs over a long time. This is essentially a short-term gap to meet our regulatory requirements moving forward in the New Year so it gives us ample time to put out a proper request for proposal.”

Mayor Bill Mauro voiced frustration about the timing of the agreement coming to council, which left them with few options but to approve the contract.

“I find it a very uncomfortable position, quite frankly, to be sole sourcing a contract at double the cost and having two weeks, maybe three weeks to make a decision,” Mauro said.

The Waste Free Ontario Act, passed in 2016, was to make product producers fully responsible for the cost of recycling, though it’s not believed it will be increased from the current rate of 50 per cent until 2023 at the earliest. – Tbnewswatch

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Mayor Bill Mauro voiced frustration about the timing of the agreement coming to council, which left them with few options but to approve the contract.

Actually, there was NO other option but approve the contract.

We need to have a company or a business to amortize costs over a long time. This is essentially a short-term gap to meet our regulatory requirements moving forward in the New Year so it gives us ample time to put out a proper request for proposal.”

Huh?  Have we not been recycling in this city for a “long time” already?   I suspect that the only reason that a RFP is even being discussed now is because of the doubling of recycling costs.  Caught our high salaried residents of City Hall by surprise.

The Waste Free Ontario Act, passed in 2016, was to make product producers fully responsible for the cost of recycling, though it’s not believed it will be increased from the current rate of 50 per cent until 2023 at the earliest.

Why?  Why seven years after law is passed?  Why not increase it over five years?  Ten percent a year for five years?

Anyway, the first “R” is reduce.   Maybe we need to emphasise that one?  That one costs us nothing.

I sense another begging excursion to Queens Park  taking place soon.  Bet handing over that $5 million to the proposed $33 million (likely closer to $40 million) Waterfront Art Gallery is starting to feel like a mistake.  Wait until the Art Gallery people come to City Council and ask for half a million a year in grants to run the damn thing.

The official song of the City of Thunder Bay

aint to proud to beg     

OK Bill Mauro, get down on your knees and practice.

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