May 22, 2012 17:56
As you know, I opposed mandatory curbside recycling. I do not believe in big government, and I think we already have enough legislation regulating our day to day lives. Saskatoon already had a wide variety of recycling options available, including two companies who provided excellent curbside service for those who wanted it. Nevertheless, Council has approved a new program for single family dwellings and it will begin next year. The program will be rolled out gradually, beginning in January 2013. The cost is going to be $4-$5 per household per month, and it will be added as a new item on your utility bill once you start receiving service.
One of my major concerns is that we must protect Cosmopolitan Industries, where disadvantaged residents have been recycling paper for many years. Cosmo provides a place for those less fortunate than us to feel included in our community, contribute, and have purpose and structure added to their day. The paper program gives these people a job, and helps make each one of them a significant part of our community while providing a valuable service. The City of Saskatoon is currently in the middle of a 10 year contract with Cosmo to supply them with recyclable paper. To withdraw from our committment to Cosmo is not an option.
Council has passed a resolution that Cosmo be our recycling service provider for multi-family units in Saskatoon (apartments and condos). At present, this is agreeable to the Cosmo board of directors, so we will try to sign a contract with Cosmo as soon as possible. This matter will be coming before Council on Monday, May 28. The reports from Administration to Council are below.
Recycling Cover Report.pdf (30.73 kb) Multi Unit Dwelling Recycling Report.pdf (110.88 kb) Attach 1 Multi's across Canada.pdf (21.94 kb)Attach 2 MOU.pdf (1.76 mb)