Starting Monday, April 30, 2012 the cost to place an extra bag or can of garbage out for curbside collection will increase to $2.
Residents who need to put out an extra bag or can of garbage have two options:
Residents can place one bag or can of garbage at the curb for collection, along with an unlimited number of recyclables and organics. Bags or cans over the limit without a tag will not be collected.
New garbage tags will be available starting April 27 at a number of retail locations throughout Niagara.
You may exchange your existing $1 tags at your local retailer, but you will be required to pay an additonal dollar.
Residents with a medical exemption can continue to use their existing tags and continue to place a single tag on their extra bags or cans of garbage.
The increased tag fee will cover the extra costs involved in picking up additional garbage containers. The garbage tag price has not increased since it was first introduced in 1996.
Recent curbside garbage audits show that 62 per cent of the material in the garbage could be diverted using the Region's Blue Box, Grey Box or Green Bin organics programs.
Residents found guilty of illegal dumping will be fined between $100 and $500 per incident under the Region's Waste Management By-Law.