The way the City of Saskatoon handles collection and billing for garbage service could be set to change.
Saskatoon city council is expected to vote Monday on a “pay-as-you-throw” garbage and organics program.
The proposed change has been promoted as a way to divert more waste from the landfill, with the hope of extending the life of the facility.
The new approach would see garbage collection removed from property tax bills. It would then become a separate utility billing homeowners based on the size of container they choose.
The current 360-litre black bins issued by the City of Saskatoon would be the largest size available— with lower utility bills being issued for the smaller containers.
Aside from black bin collection, the city would also roll out a green compost bin for yard waste, meat,dairy and other food items.
Recommendations for the composting program were approved at this month’s meeting of the environment, utilities and corporate services committee. Details including bin size and processing capabilities have yet to be worked out.
If approved by council, the new garbage collection utility and green bin program are expected to roll out within a year.
Councillors to consider $20K license fee for cannabis stores.
Council is also expected to vote Monday on licensing fees for legal marijuana retailers.
Members of the planning, development and community services committee voted this month if favour of charging a first-time business license fee of $20,000 for pot stores, followed by a $10,000 annual renewal fee.
The proposed fees are orders of magnitude higher than the $125 fee charged for a regular business license, which then costs just $85 a year to renew.
City officials and committee members previously stated the higher fees are meant to recover at least some of the costs associated with regulation and enforcement for the new businesses.
Along with the licensing fees, council will consider recommendations mandating air filtration systems for cannabis stores and requiring the retailers to be spaced at least 160 metres apart.