Over 200 Apartment Buildings and Condos to Lose City Trash Collection After 2020

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Multi-residential units in the Sault will be losing GFL trash collection at the end of 2020, City Council decided during Monday evening’s meeting.

This means, starting in 2021, property owners of multi-family residential properties with five or more units will be expected to make their own waste collecting arrangements after the the existing contract with GFL expires on Dec. 31, 2020. Each property owner currently owns or rents their waste bins, but the disposal and collection fee will be theirs to figure out.

City Director of Public Works, Susan Hamilton Beach, said this decision will affect 250 properties throughout the city, but will save taxpayers $130,000 a year. She also noted that no other large northern municipality (North Bay, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timmins) provides a similar contracted or City service, as Ontario regulations from 1994 don’t require municipalities to do so.

This resolution was met with some concern from councillors, such as Coun. Bruni, who expressed his concerns that landlords and property managers weren’t consulted about this matter, saying he’s received calls and emails complaining that these people will be paying taxes and not receiving a service.

Hamilton Beach said this is being brought to attention over a year in advance, and doesn’t need consultation as it’s a financial decision, not a change in design planning.

Coun. Vezeau-Allen said she’s also received calls, but from apartment renters concerned about overflowing bins and regular waste pickups, to which Hamilton Beach replied could become a property standards act if property owners aren’t ensuring regular pickups.

Coun. Shoemaker showed his support for the resolution, saying he thinks it’s a “very responsible report brought forward with lots of notice time so that people can make the proper adjustments.”

“It’s going to cause a bit of pain, but there’s always a bit of pain when we have changes in these types of services,” he said.

Mayor Provenzano echoed Shoemaker’s comments, praising City Staff for for finding efficiencies to bring the levey down.

“It’s going to hurt, and people (that own these buildings) are going to be a little bit annoyed,” he said, “but in the broader scheme of things, it seems like it’s the right thing to do, and come budget time, if we find $130,00, that’s helpful.”

Despite the concerns, council passed the motion with a vote of 7-3, with Couns. Bruni, Holingsworth and Scott in opposition. Coun. Luke Dufour wasn’t present during the meeting.

39 COMMENTS

  1. Yes rent will go up (many of us on disability pensions can’t afford our rent as it is) and today they announced instead of 1.5 rent increase they can ask for 2.2%. I will be living in a tent in the woods soon.

  2. Again the city council finding money that they have lost from their handling of the ESSAR tax situation ,, now these business according to them pay their taxes which include these services ,, now they have past their responsibilities to these business .. we all know what this means for the tenants and all those seniors that majority live in apartment settings ,, so causing more stress for the seniors people ,, SSM affordable housing initiative .. As we know how well they did for the last 10 years.. look at the statistic and look how fast the rents are going up under this counsel.

  3. I think it’s time for landlords, and property managers to start filing paperwork over at the golden palace contesting this breach of trust between private enterprise, and the city czar’s who’s troughs they fill!

  4. Aaron Morin—A rental owner can get the Tenant and Landlord Owner Board to allow an increase over and above the yearly figure for unusual charges imposed on them and the Renter has to pay the extra increase. So much for your figures.

  5. This should bode real well for those new housing units proposed for the lands west of Station Mall…will be a nice dump by the time all is said and done

  6. I live in an Apartment with 110 apartments. Our Garbage collection is well organized and it only takes 10 minutes to pick it all up, How long does it take the City to collect the garbage from 110 homes.
    This change discriminates against Renters, in my opinion. Renters pay City taxes too and should get the same garbage collection as homeowners. Renters will have to pay more rent as the owners will pass the bill on to the renters.

  7. Are you kidding me , drive around the city already looks dirty in some areas could you just imagine what it will look like without garbage pick up , think twice before making that dumb decision ,

  8. This means, starting in 2021, property owners of multi-family residential properties with five or more units will be expected to make their own waste collecting arrangements after the the existing contract with GFL expires on Dec. 31, 2020. Each property owner currently owns or rents their waste bins, but the disposal and collection fee will be theirs to figure out….the way I read that is the property owner will have to figure out the cost of garbage disposal…and being that they legally can only raise the rent a certain percentage every yr…I highly doubt that’s going to make a difference for the tenants

    • Nicky Hurshman yes I have rented..and that still doesnt chnsge the fact that a property owner cannot raise the rent more than the allowable percentage on a yearly basis….so even if the raise the rent due to this..it would have to be at the end or their allowable yr and to the max of the allowable percentage…which isnt gunna change anyway if u have a landlord that makes that raise every yr

    • No point in arguing, I have always been told not to argue with stupid people, they will only drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience…. Aaron has a certain disdain for the lower classes of our society judging from the posts he has made on his public profile and his lack of concern or empathy for the ones this decision will impact..

    • “which isnt gunna change anyway if u have a landlord that makes that raise every yr”

      you’re right there is a maximum allowable annual increase…
      but what about the landlords that don’t normally raise every year, what about someone looking for a new place… all opportunities for landlords to offset this extra cost, you’d be foolish to assume they wouldn’t factor that in.

  9. Seriously? To save $130K/yr? Won’t this just transfer the cost of waste disposal onto the renter… making it even more difficult for them to pay rent???? PUH-LEEEZ! As a home owner, I’m fine with some of my taxes going to ensuring all city residents have waste removal. Maybe the other northern cities can learn from us! This decision needs to be reversed.

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