October 28, 2009
Released: 10:15 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, Winnipeg City Council unanimously approved a tendering strategy for residential recycling to address larger volumes of recycling collection for Winnipeggers and encourage all citizens to recycle more household waste.
The approved residential recycling tendering strategy includes the following options for potential bidders:
- Weekly collection with blue boxes (status quo)
- Weekly automated collection using 240 litre carts
- Bi-weekly automated collection using 240 or 360 litre carts
The tendering strategy includes public consultation, conducted by the Water and Waste Department, as a major component through several online studies and surveys for public input as well as four public open houses; surveys and their results will be posted on the the city′s website: winnipeg.ca.
"Winnipeggers have demonstrated that they are recycling more than ever and we now have the opportunity to renew our residential recycling collection program taylored to and selected by our citizens themselves," said Mayor Sam Katz. "I am very pleased that next year Winnipeggers will see a personalized recycling program that meets the needs of our citizens, encourages more recycling and benefits our environment — all at the same time."
Public consultation will coincide with the new residential recycling tender for a new 7-year contract which will be awarded early in the new year. The current contract for recycling expires in September 2010.