New waste management program in North Grenville

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Residents of North Grenville will start seeing changes to garbage collection starting Feb. 1.

The new waste management program now includes weekly organic (food waste) collection, seasonal curbside pickup of leaf and yard waste, as well as large and bulky items. Regular garbage pickup will be biweekly and recycling will remain the same.

"Council recognizes that this will be a significant transition and we are committed to actively working with residents and businesses to get it right," said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

Green bins for food waste will be delivered to households between Jan. 18 and 28. Included in the green bin will be a smaller kitchen bin, and a guide detailing the program along with the updated 2021 waste collection calendar.

Residents will not need tags for the weekly organic green bin pickup.

A new bag tag fee structure is being introduced. Solid waste bag tags will now be $2.75 each, up from $1.75. There are new bag tags for leaf and yard waste ($1) and bulky items ($12.50). Bulky items and leaf and yard waste will be collected up to four times a year and pickup dates for 2021 are marked on the collection calendar included with the green bin or online.

As the municipality rolls out new bag tags for solid waste pickup, residents will have a 30-day grace period to use up their remaining old tags or they can bring them to the Municipal Centre after the lock-down is lifted to get their money back.

Bag tags are available for purchase at all the usual vendors as well as online.

Residents living in apartment buildings are asked to contact their property manager for details on organic waste collection. Each multi-unit residential building will handle waste and organics collection differently, according to the municipality.

According to the municipality, the new program is designed to provide residents with enhanced services while encouraging waste diversion intended to reduce the municipality's ecological footprint.

"As we prepare for the new waste management program, we encourage you to carefully review the Solid Waste, Recycling and Organics Collection Guide to better understand the new waste management program," said Peckford.

Heddy Sorour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times