Lloydminster will be moving to bi-weekly organics collection starting on November 6.
According to the City, there is an 80% decrease in curbside organics collection during the winter. The move to bi-weekly collection is estimated to result in savings of over $30,000 annually. The City was previously spending $100,000 a year for the pick up of organics and that cost is not reflected on the monthly bill according to Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
“That garbage bill simply covers the pick up costs. We as the city and as tax payers were also not seeing the actual costs of dealing with organics.”
Aalbers adds, “we’re looking for savings, we’ve asked administration to look at every possible angle for savings. That $30,000 in the long run will save us some money in the long term.”
The Senior Manager of Waste Services Karen Dela Rosa says, “we are proud of the 11,000 tonnes diverted from the landfill and encourage residents to continue the great effort by using their organics cart. This schedule adjustment aims to increase efficiency with minimal impact to services.”
Zoning and scheduling information will be coming in the mail. A weekly schedule will begin again following April 2.