As it was expected, the City of Regina has officially announced it will move garbage collection to a bi-weekly basis.
The decision was unanimously passed at council last night, and the bi-weekly garbage collection trial will begin in November, and end in March of 2018.
Mayor Michael Fougere says the goal is to make bi-weekly collection become permanent practice.
“We’ve been fairly aggressive on our ad campaign to explain and encourage, social media and others, to do that,” Fougere said. “We’re taking it one step at a time, this may be a permanent thing. I don’t think we’re suggesting this is temporary for one year. It is: we’ll look at it after the first year and see where it goes. The intent would be it would be a permanent one I think.”
Many people, including those who run day-care facilities and other small businesses, are concerned about the move.
Mayor Michael Fougere says speaking with those groups will help determine whether the six-month trial period is successful or not.
“The Administration will speak with those organizations to see what we can do to help out. That’s part of our knowledge, we’re going to learn whether it is not working at all, we’ll find that out this year. I think the idea is to work at the front end before we start the process, explain what we are doing, and see if we can help them with their diversion rates as well, because maybe what they are throwing away is recyclable as well.”
If the collection is moved to a bi-weekly basis, the City will save $132,000.