Niagara Regional Council approved every-other-week garbage collection scenario effective fall 2020 at a Special Council Meeting on Oct. 17, 2019. The change will apply to garbage collection for all low-density residential properties (single home and properties with one to six units) and for those industrial, commercial and institutional and mixed-use properties located outside Designated Business Areas.
Niagara Region is currently in the middle of a request for proposal for curbside collection, haulage of garbage, recycling and organics process. The start date of the new contract is Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 and any changes in garbage collection for Niagara residents will take effect with the new contract. Recycling and organics collection will continue to be collected weekly.
Until that date, Niagara residents can continue to follow the current garbage and recycling collection process. Once every-other-week garbage collection comes into effect, current garbage container (bag/can) limits would double for affected sectors.
Among the benefits of every-other-week garbage collection outlined in the staff report are:
Increase waste diversion
Extend Regional landfill capacity
About the new waste collection contract
The new collection contract is split into two areas:
With the Oct.17, 2019 approval from Regional Council of every-other-week garbage collection, Niagara Region staff will begin the next stage of the request for proposal process. The next stage is where short-listed proponents, such as those who met the minimum technical threshold, will have the opportunity to submit their best and final offer which must be must be less than or equal to their original proposed financial submission.
Proponents will be ranked on a combination of both the technical score and best and final offer pricing, and the successful proponents for collection area one and collection area two will be invited to enter a final round of negotiations with Niagara Region regarding the possibility of an earlier start date.
Staff is expecting to present a report to Niagara Regional Council on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 naming the successful proponents who will become the new waste collection contractors.
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