Implementation of surplus waste fees postponed until September
Gatineau, July 2, 2019.
– Ville de Gatineau is postponing the implementation of surplus waste fees.
They by-law stipulates that:
• effective September 15, 2019, the volume of household garbage will be limited to 120 litres per unit; and
• residents generating more garbage will have to purchase bags for $0.50 each, with a maximum of five 80-litre bags allowed per collection.
The price of the bags is affordable to all residents.
The information in this news release is subject to approval by the Municipal Council at this evening's session.
Faits en bref
|●||The distribution of the gray bins was completed in January 2019.|
|●||Residents have had time to get accustomed to the 120-litre volume.|
|●||The bags can be purchased in packages of five at the service centres, ecocentres and online. They will be available by late summer, with the exact date to be announced shortly.|
|●||A Léger survey indicates that close to 70% of Gatineau residents have already made the switch to the gray bins for their household garbage.|
|●||The provincial government requires that all municipalities in Quebec reduce their garbage.|
|●||In Gatineau, nearly 50% of the contents of garbage bins consists of recyclables or compostables.|
|●||For additional information, go to gatineau.ca/dtritus.|
“We are aware that behaviours can be difficult to change. But climate change demands that everyone do their share to protect the environment. Garbage in landfills generates large amounts of greenhouse gas. Thus, it is essential that we reduce our garbage in order to reduce our ecological footprint. Changes introduced since 2018 have helped in that regard, but we must do even better. Gray bins and fees will help us meet the government's objectives,” indicated municipal councillor and chair of the Commission sur le développement du territoire, l'habitation et l'environnement, Maude Marquis-Bissonnette.