Businesses, Let's Talk Waste

The following proposed options would apply to businesses receiving Regional curbside garbage collection service.

Proposed Options and Rationale

  • Every other week collection for garbage only outside designated business areas

    This option would apply to all eligible mixed-use (i.e. business with a residential component) and industrial, commercial and institutional properties located outside designated business areas only.

    Garbage collection would change from:

    • Six garbage containers weekly to twelve every other week for mixed-use (business with a residential component), or eight containers, if weekly limit is decreased to four containers
    • Four garbage containers weekly to eight containers every other week for industrial, commercial and institutional businesses

    Recycling and organics would still be collected every week.

    Reasons

    • Increase waste diversion to extend lifespan of Niagara Region's landfills
    • Only 61 per cent of mixed-use properties participate in the Region's curbside recycling program and only 20 per cent participate in the Green Bin program
    • Only 34 per cent of industrial, commercial and institutional properties participate in the Region's curbside recycling program and only 11 per cent participates in the Green Bin program
    • Potential cost avoidance
    • Similar to what other municipalities in Ontario are successfully doing
  • Mandatory use of clear bags for garbage

    All eligible mixed-use (business with a residential component) and industrial, commercial and institutional properties, inside or outside designated business areas would be required to use clear bags for garbage with the option to use an opaque (i.e. grocery) privacy bag placed inside the clear bag.

    Reasons

    • Increases waste diversion to extend lifespan of Niagara Region's landfills
    • Encourages higher participation in the Green Bin program as only 20 per cent of mixed-use properties and 11 per cent of industrial, commercial and institutional properties currently participate
    • Increases awareness of what is placed in garbage due to visibility of bag contents
    • Eliminates / minimizes option of concealing non-acceptable materials
    • Eliminates / minimizes option of concealing hazardous materials (broken glass, nails, sharps), which could harm collection staff
    • Facilitates education and enforcement of Niagara's Waste Management By-law
  • Change weekly garbage container limits

    This option would apply to industrial, commercial and institutional and mixed-use properties inside designated business areas, and mixed-use properties outside designated business areas.

    Reasons

    • Proposed four garbage container limit would align with existing four garbage container limit for industrial, commercial and institutional properties outside designated business areas
    • Aligns with current average garbage containers set-out. The average number of garbage containers placed out per week by industrial, commercial and institutional and mixed-use properties inside designated business areas is two. The average number of garbage containers placed out per week by mixed-use properties outside the designated business areas is less than two.
    • Will encourage participation in waste diversion programs, which are underutilized
    • Extends lifespan of Niagara Region's landfills

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