Red Deer utility bills raised by just over $1 million in 2018

Residents can expect to pay around $1 a month for purchase of green carts

Red Deerians may see an adjustment in their utility bills as the City of Red Deer has been running full speed ahead on implementing green cart collection come spring.

At Red Deer City council’s operating budget deliberations, council approved raising the utility bills in the City by just over $1 million in 2018, which means residents will pay around $1 a month per household for green carts.

“We’ll be launching the green cart program April 9th. That’s the week we will begin collection,” said Janet Whitesell, waste management superintendent for the City.

She added that they proposed around a 6.5% increase in the budget, with 5% related to the implementation of the cart program, and the other bit related to inflation and growth.

She said residents will see a new rate in March, which will be one rate, a waste management rate.

“Right now the utility bill shows garbage and blue box collection separately,” said Whitesell.

She said the rate will now cover the green cart, garbage collection and recycling collection all together.

“We’ll be out delivering carts in February and March and then collection will start in April when yard waste collection would have regularly started, (the week of April 9th).”

She said the green cart can take one’s yard waste, food waste, pet waste and anything in one’s garbage currently that can be composted.

“Our pilot folks are sending out 39 per cent less garbage than our customers who aren’t on the pilot project, so it’s a big increase in diversion and really goes a long way to reducing the amount of garbage that we have to send to the landfill,” she said.

Whitesell said in 2019, the City will be launching blue carts for recycling and black carts for garbage.

“At that time, we’ll also introduce every other week collection for those two carts, so everybody will get three carts once we’re through our phased implementation.”

Just Posted

Innisfail RCMP arrests two

Suspects attempted to flee but their vehicle got stuck in the snow

West coast actor brings compelling pioneer tale to the City next month

Cougar Annie Tales runs April 25th in the Snell Auditorium,

UPDATE: Shane McPhee sentenced to six years in prison

A Red Deer man was sentenced in the killing of William Blaine Baker

Help City council determine policing priorities

A phone survey runs from March 19th to April 6th

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after collisions with building, cars and police vehicle

Jesse James Leckner was remanded to appear in court March 19th

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

50-million-year-old fossil found in B.C. town makes history

Paleontologist Dr. Bruce Archibald says Princeton, B.C. is becoming famous for giving up rare fossils

Not even Ellen DeGeneres can get Virtue, Moir to say they’re more than friends

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday

New Liberal bill would tighten controls on sale, licensing of firearms in Canada

Measures are intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes

Wetaskiwin-area burglars gain entry through patio doors, steal large clock

Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to break/enter and theft in County of Wetaskiwin

Ex-French president Sarkozy in custody on Gadhafi claims

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing

Most Read