Waive low-income recycling fees, city hears
Some low-income residents would like the fee to be waived
A city plan for recycling in condos and apartments is causing some worries about what it will cost.
At a community consultation meeting today in Sunalta, some Calgarians voiced their concerns about the fees that would come with a condo recycling program.
"Recycling should be mandatory but I also believe it should be accessible," says John Nguyen, who was at the meeting to advocate for a Calgary low-income housing complex. "If it becomes a bylaw that all communities were required to have a recycling program and pay the monthly fees, I think it would become just another burden."
Right now, blue cart service for houses costs $7.40 per month.
People living in apartments and condos have to drive their recycling to a community recycling depot.
If the current program proposal stands, a similar fee would be mandatory for all condo and apartment residents — even if residents want to opt out of the program.
The city is also eyeing a bylaw that would force condo owners to comply with the program.
A report on the options for condo recycling is expected to go to city council by 2014.
The program itself wouldn't be implemented until 2017.