Will residents be fined for not complying with the city's new waste management program? The quick answer is probably not.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is focusing more on an educational approach rather than issuing tickets.

"The likelihood of us enforcing that (waste) bylaw is very, very slim. We don't want to be charging for any mistakes or errors," said the city’s waste programs supervisor, Sadie Miller.

Generally, if materials are sorted improperly by repeat offenders, the city will simply refuse collection for the week. The reason is actually quite simple, if residents aren't taking the time to sort their garbage, the city faces surcharges at the waste collection sites. There hasn't been any extra charges yet at the the city's organics drop off, Clean-It Green-It in Edmonton.
 
Fort Saskatchewan sent off 290 tonnes of organics in June alone.

If the organics bin or recycling bags are contaminated, the city will start with an educational note or sticker. On it, will be the items that need to be removed before it's collected the following week.

"There are very few households that don't get their green carts collected because of contamination," added Miller.

Carts are generally still collected even when one or two items are incorrectly sorted.

"We're not talking about a granola bar wrapper on top of the cart, but [a cart] full of bad product. Staff go back every week to these contaminated carts... Nine out of 10 times it's fixed and collected with no issue."

The only time fines would be issued is after direct negligence. Even then, the city will do its best to help.

"So, if someone poured used motor oil in your organics bin. That would be an example."

In such a circumstance, a first time offence is $100 and a second is $250.
 
Currently, the city has four staff that monitor the bins. Anyone with questions or concerns can use FortReport.ca, call the waste hotline at 780-992-6218 or email [email protected]

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