The City of Wetaskiwin Council have approved an amendment to Waste Management Bylaw 1940-20 following a presentation by the City’s Waste and Recycle department.
As a result of the presentation the City of Wetaskiwin will be moving to a five-day schedule, Monday to Friday, for solid waste collection. These changes are set to take place by the second quarter of 2021.
For most City residents the waste collection date will remain the same. Some addresses on the Tuesday and Friday routes will be moved to the new Monday pick-up route however, affected residents will be notified prior to the switch.
“We were tasked with finding a way to maintain the level of service for solid waste collections while finding efficiencies for the Waste and Recycle department as a whole,” said Bob Wood, City of Wetaskiwin Waste & Recycle Manager. “Changing to a five-day pick-up service and re-purposing an existing staff position while saving taxpayer dollars was a win-win.”
This change will allow the Waste and Recycle department to operate more efficiently by repurposing one employee to the landfill to improve customer service and safety at the landfill.
One solid waste truck will be designated for pick-ups each day with a second truck to be used as a back-up in case of breakdowns. The City estimates annual cost savings at $40,000 to $60,000, with no loss of personnel.
Part of the approved amendment, passed at the Jan. 12, 2020 City Council meeting, to the Waste Management Bylaw 1940-20 includes having multi-family units being included in the scope of solid waste collections for the City.
This amendment would result in the two mobile home parks within City limits being included. Currently mobile home parks contract solid waste collection services through a private company. Mobile home park owners have been notified of the coming changes and have been provided ample time to end any contracts before the City begins collection in these areas by the second quarter of 2021.
The new collection zone map for the City can be viewed at www.wetaskiwin.ca/utilities.