Council heard today that the City’s in-house waste collection delivered a budget surplus of $2.6 million between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. The audited financial statements noted that the purchase of 19 new collection vehicles helped keep costs down for vehicle repairs and maintenance, while fuel prices were lower than anticipated. 

Council received an update on Ontario’s plan to transfer responsibility for the collection of household hazardous waste materials to individual producers instead of municipalities. By January 1, 2023, producers will be required to take back certain hazardous materials, those that are eligible under the Province’s program. In the interim, the City plans to hold nine single-day, citywide depots for household hazardous waste in 2022.

Council also received an update on the Province’s plan to transfer responsibility for collecting and processing recyclable materials to individual producers. The transition period for the City of Ottawa begins on July 1, 2023 and ends January 1, 2026. While details are being determined by producers, staff will continue to work with stakeholders on implications for the producer-led Blue Box program and how changes could impact City waste collection. Staff will report back in 2022 with a strategy for how the City will adjust and move forward.