Garbage collection fines introduced

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November 18, 2014 9:30 AM

Two new fines will be in place after the results of the Green Survey were released earlier this month.

Just over 600 respondents filled out the Green Survey the City of Lloydminster issued in the fall.

Residents in Lloydminster will now be issued a $35 fine for not bringing in their garbage bins within 48 hours of garbage collection.

Karen Dela Rosa, the city’s general manager of waste services, said that the new fine for potential violators comes after the results of the Green Survey the city put out earlier this fall.

“Eighty-seven per cent of respondents were in favour of some sort of fine on cart removal requirement. We also asked survey respondents if they were implementing a fine over the cart removal and what we heard from residents was they want the city to be more considerate of people working late or those who might be away for an extended period of time.”

Dela Rosa said that in the current draft from city council right now, a fine would be issued after 48 hours of neglected carts.

“Leaving the carts on the curb can stop city workers from being efficient in their jobs, and stops workers from plowing the streets and sweeping the streets” she said.

A new fine will also be in place for residents who go through other residents’ garbage and blue bags.

Dela Rosa said that 63 per cent of respondents were in favour of penalizing those who disrupt and/ or remove contents of carts and blue bags.

“The reason we included this question was because we had continuously received messages and calls from residents who said that they had people going through their garbage and blue bags,” she said.

“(The city) would like to ensure that residents feel safe. Just recently actually, I had received a call from one resident who said that she had bank statements in her blue bags,” Del Rosa added.

The new fine for the removal of content from blue bags or garbage carts can fetch a total of $150. The results from the Green Survey were presented to council during the Nov. 10 meeting.

Council unanimously approved the first reading of the new refuse collection bylaw.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey. We value your feedback and have incorporated your input into the creation of the new Refuse Collection Bylaw,” said Dela Rosa. “We look forward to growing our diversion rate as a community.”

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