Lloydminster city council has approved a fee increase to the Waste Services Agreement with Ever Green Ecological Services.
At Monday’s city council meeting, council unanimously agreed to the new increase, which will take effect on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and will see a $12 increase per metric tonne.
According to Coun. Ken Baker, the increase will be a net zero increase, which will not see any effect on the backs of the Lloydminster taxpayers.
Saunders agreed with Baker, saying that there are cost savings in place to offset the increase.
“The waste diversion stream is in place and has created over 40 per cent diversion through (it),” Saunders said, adding that the diversion would have gone to the landfill if it wasn’t for the Waste services Agreement.
“This creates an opportunity for more space, which means less cost at the landfill end of the program.”
Saunders said that there will be no direct increase to any homeowners, at this time.
Currently the city pays $30 per metric tonne that is taken by Ever Green Ecological Services. The organic processing fee will be $42 per metric tonne, effective Oct. 1. That price is far below market standards, according to Saunders.
“Some cities that are using Ever Green Ecologi- cal Services are paying $59 per metric tonne,” Saunders said. “When you are working with contractors who are faced with the impending changes in cost, especially in this ever-changing agreement, there needs to be some compassion about how you approach the relationship.”
Some of the increase in the agreement is due to contaminations that are being found in the waste that is being diverted.
“With any waste management diversion program, there will always be a certain amount of contamination,” Saunders said. “I’m certain that we can reduce that to contain our diversion rates in the city.”
Kirk Morrison, the acting deputy chief admin- istration officer, said that Ever Green Ecological Services, said that Lloydminster was not the only city that had contaminations found in its waste diversion.
“Other cities that the service providers, that they provide organic collect services to, have experi- enced some contamination in the organic carts as well,” he said.
Morrison wanted to clarify that the issue of contaminations was not unique for Lloydminster, but it is an issue everywhere Ever Green works.
Saunders said that the city is looking at 75 per cent diversion rates right now of material to landfills.
“We are well on our way to getting to that goal,” Saunders said.
The new agreement between the city and Ever Green Ecological Services, will be in effect until March of 2020.