City of Prince George to Discontinue Commercial Garbage Collection
Prince George, B.C. – A big change when it comes to commercial garbage collection in Prince George.
The City announced this morning its Solid Waste Services division will be discontinuing the practice later this summer in order to direct its efforts to cleaning up illegal dumping sites, litter, and improperly disposed hypodermic needles.
A City report on the topic will be presented to Council at its next public meeting May 30. Council was presented with a summary of solid waste services back in February.
“With approximately 200 accounts located throughout the City of Prince George, the twice-per-week commercial service is time-consuming with collection vehicles traveling more than 100 kilometres a day,” says Dean LeBrun, Manager of Parks and Solid Waste Services. “It is estimated that a total of 14 hours of staff time per week could be redirected to other operational priorities.”
Council recently approved a two percent user fee increase each year for 2016, 2017, and 2018 that will ensure revenues are provided to fund operating costs while continuing to increase a reserve fund for future capital infrastructure renewals.
The City estimates the elimination of commercial service will see a loss of approximately $60,000 per year in revenue, which it says will be offset slightly by the reduction in tipping fees and equipment costs.
It anticipates the net loss will be $45,000 which would be absorbed over the next three years by the utility’s increases.
The change is not expected to affect staffing levels at the City. Commercial businesses that are currently receiving garbage collection services will receive notice in the mail notifying them of the decision including contact information for private waste hauler service providers.
The final service date will be September 2, 2016.