The city is still willing to pitch in, rather than cover waste disposal for local non-profit groups.
At its Mar.27 meeting, council defeated a plan to waive Waste Transfer Station fees for local non-profit societies.
"We're going to help them out. Bottom line, it's not that we're going to say no. We're going to find a way to help them out. It's just not this way," said city councillor Ed Sperling.
The free disposal idea originally surfaced in June 2017, when council directed administration to prepare a report on the logistics of offering free transfer station access to non-profit groups. When the report was presented in September, council asked staff to come up with a policy report detailing options for implementing the free disposal program.
Staff returned with its policy report on Mar.27. The report included details on implementation, coordination, and type and amount of waste that groups could dispose of.
Sperling pointed out that the free disposal idea arose under a previous council.
“There was a real interest in trying to land, for a couple of the local charities, the ability to get free service at the recycling station, or the garbage disposal,” he said. “And there was some interest in doing that, but you couldn't just isolate a couple of them out. You really needed to create a policy around all the charities.”
He added the disposal issue can be managed without having to create a new policy or bylaw.
“The council of today said we can deal with this in another way. It doesn't have to be done this way,” he said.
The cost of the program was estimated to be $6,500 to $18,000 annually.