Throughout 2016, we asked you how you would like to increase recycling rates and improve service levels. The survey said 67% of folks south of road 83 north would like to see curbside garbage and recycling pickup. In response to residents’ strong interest in having trash and recycling curbside pickup in the southern part of the RM, the RM of St. Clements has requested quotes for service from curbside pickup contractors.
Tenders were sent out in October with a November 15, 2017 closing date. The RM has chosen the top curbside pickup options which are manual curbside pickup and automated curbside pickup.
The RM would like residents in the proposed service area to complete a survey on which curbside pickup options they prefer. The survey is open from Thursday, November 23 until Monday, December 11, 2017. Please share with your neighbours! We would like as much public input as possible.
If you want to sign up for email updates on curbside pickup, click here: https://rmofstclements.com/email-sign-form/
*If for some reason you can’t fill out an online survey:
- Paper surveys are available at the municipal office at 1043 Kittson Rd in East Selkirk
- Call the office at 204-482-3300 from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and someone can fill it out for you over the phone
Curbside Pickup Options
|Manual Curbside Pickup||Automated Curbside Pickup|
|Cost per year||$108||$105|
|Trash pickup frequency||weekly||weekly|
|Recycling pickup frequency||weekly||bi-weekly (every two weeks)|
|RM supplies container||no||yes|
|Resident supplies container||yes||no|
|Trash allowed per week||3 bags||Whatever fits in the cart|
|Size of trash container||3 bag limit with containers no larger than 125 litres (32 gallons)||240 litre (64 gallon) grey plastic cart with 12 inch wheels|
|Size of recycling container||To be decided||360 litre (95 gallon) blue plastic cart with 12 inch wheels|
Proposed curbside pickup area
What is manual pickup?
With manual pickup, workers physically lift the trash and recycling containers and throw it into a truck. The containers have size and weight limits to ensure the safety of the workers. Our version of manual pickup would have a three bag limit.
What is automated pickup?
Automated pickup uses special large capacity carts that are designed to be picked up by a robotic arm on the trash or recycling truck. The size and weight limits are higher because a machine is doing the lifting, not a human.
The RM of St. Clements currently recycles about a third as much as the provincial average. In a survey last year, 67% of residents told us they want to increase recycling rates.You can view these survey results here. Curbside recycling pickup typically increases recycling rates by 30% to 50%. You can view these survey results on our website Other reasons:
- Recycling converts our old products into new products which saves resources and helps reduce air and water pollution. In other words, it is good for the environment.
- Keeping recyclable outs of the landfill means the landfill fills up more slowly. Creating new capacity for garbage at the landfill is very expensive and the RM (thus taxpayers) must pay for this.
Waste Reduction and Recycling Support (WRARS) gives the RM a rebate based on amount of recyclables collected.
- Reduce the amount of garbage burning homeowners do which is actually illegal and potentially releases toxic gases into the air.
- Costs of managing waste have escalated due to increased regulation, enforcement, transportation and other demands.
From the survey we asked you about trash in October of 2016 (view survey results here.) some take their garbage to the Libau Landfill or a transfer station, some get private curbside pickup, some take it outside of municipality to their workplace or friend/family members’ homes, some burn it (which is illegal).
The general area for curbside pickup will be in the more densely populated areas of the southern part of the RM, which is what residents told us in the October 2016 trash survey. Click here to see a map of the proposed area. The exact area will be determined as planning continues.
In the survey we did last fall where we asked residents about proposed garbage and recycling pickup, the beaches area (including Grand Marais and Gull Lake) had the lowest interest in having curbside pickup with at least 45% of respondents saying they were “very uninterested” and “somewhat uninterested”. You can view these survey results here. If, at some point, enough residents in these areas expressed an interest in curbside pickup, Council would likely consider implementing it.
We are planning for curbside pickup to begin in June of 2018.
We will not be picking up loose yard waste. Depending on the type of service we offer, you can bag it to be one of the three bags allowed with manual service or put it into your automated trash cart.
Let us know if you don’t want curbside pickup. If there are enough people in a neighbourhood that don’t want it, we won’t provide the service there. If you are in a designated pickup are where the majority of people would like service, you will not be able to opt out.
If you use automated pickup and the RM gives us trash and recycling carts, who is responsible if they are lost/damaged or stolen?
If carts have a manufacturer’s defect, they are covered under warranty. Otherwise, the resident is responsible for lost or stolen carts.
The carts have RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chips in them. Will these be used to track our garbage and recycling?
No, the RFID chips will be used to identify the home the cart belongs to.
In the RM of St. Clements, there is no user charge to residents for treating their everyday household waste. There is a fee at the transfer stations but this is the cost to transport the waste to Libau Landfill, not to treat the waste. Everyday household waste treatment is paid by all residents through their taxes. This cost is about $40 per household per year.
There are no immediate plans to close any transfer stations. With the waste tracking system we recently implemented, we will be able to closely track the use of transfer stations after implementing curbside pickup and measure the impact of curbside pickup. From that data, we can determine whether changes could be made to transfer stations to make them more efficient.
If the majority of residents in the proposed service area would like curbside pickup, the RM must create a special service charge that ensures only residents receiving the service in the service area are charged.
Those receiving curbside pickup will have the amount added to their property tax bills every year through something called a special service charge, which is implemented through a formal process under the Municipal Act.
- The RM determines the exact area where the service is to be implemented and how many homes are in the area.
- The RM determines the amount of the charge for each home. In this case, it is the cost per home charged by the service provider.
- The RM holds a public hearing to allow residents to voice their questions, concerns or objections to the special service charge. All residents in the service area are notified formally by mail about the public hearing and ads are run in the local newspapers.
- If there are no objectors or if objections are less than 2/3 of the potential taxpayers, the RM proceeds with the special service charge and adopts the plan by creating a by-law, which is known as ‘first reading of the by-law’ .
- At this time, anyone who registered their objection with the RM is formally notified by mail that they have the right to voice their objection to the Municipal Board.
- The plan is sent to the Municipal Board for approval. The Municipal Board reviews the plan and considers objections and can approve, make conditions, or reject the plan and they may or may not decide to hold another public hearing.
All the latest information will be on our website at rmofstclements.com/trash. We will also send out latest news by email.
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How does St. Clements compare to other municipalities?
Municipalities across Manitoba are working to improve their waste management systems and meet new provincial requirements for how waste is managed.
St. Clements operates a landfill near Libau and four transfer stations that process household and commercial garbage and recycling. The Libau Landfill and transfer stations require major physical upgrades and operational improvements. The price of operating the transfer stations and landfill has increased dramatically due to higher hauling costs and tougher regulations and environmental requirements.
But places like Hanover, Portage La Prairie, East St. Paul and Taché are increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste heading to the landfill. With a better approach, these municipalities are providing their residents with curbside garbage and recycling pick-up at similar or lower per-capita costs than St. Clements.
St. Clements is falling behind, but together we can do something about it. A new way of doing things will ensure we can meet provincial regulations, protect our environment, and ensure waste management in St. Clements is cost-effective and sustainable.
What’s the benefit to me?
Making it easier for families to reduce their waste and recycle more is an important part of how we can ensure our kids get to enjoy all that St. Clements has to offer, for years to come. That’s why Council is studying options ranging from more conveniently located recycling bins to curbside recycling and garbage pick-up.
But it’s not just about convenience. We know that burning cardboard and other trash is harmful to our personal health and our environment.
A modern solid waste management plan will decrease the amount of garbage we burn, reducing harmful toxins released into our air. And it will cut down on the amount of garbage that’s sent to our landfill, protecting our soil and waterways from contamination.
Why is it so important to act?
An effective solid waste management system is an important service every growing community needs. While many municipalities have made changes, St. Clements is slowly getting left behind. Our current system does not meet new provincial regulatory requirements, is inefficient, and inadequate for handling certain materials.
The reality is, garbage has changed. For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastic has been on the rise. From plastic bottles to instant coffee pods, more plastic products are finding their way into our landfill where they take up to 1,000 years to decompose and can leak pollutants into the soil and water.
That’s why the Manitoba government is focused on reducing the amount of trash being sent to Manitoba landfills and why St. Clements must take action now.
With your input, we can create the right plan for St. Clements. The right plan, with the right services, at the right cost.
What if I already use a private collector for my garbage?
Curbside garbage pickup is convenient and predictable. That’s why many St. Clements residents have opted for private curbside collection. Unfortunately, private curbside pickup contractors in the RM of St. Clements do not currently pick up recycling, only garbage. For convenience, some people throw their recyclables away with the garbage so it is going directly into the landfill.
If the RM of St. Clements implements curbside pickup, households already using private collection will likely realize significant savings.
What about composting/organics?
We heard from many residents about the success they’ve had composting at home, and helping to keep organic material out of the landfill – and we were so glad to hear it!
Organics breaking down in the landfill cause methane gas, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide for global warming potential. Landfills account for 20% of methane gas emissions in Canada.
Several people had suggestions for programs to encourage composting, and it’s certainly something we’d consider in the future. Click here to join the conversation in our forums, and tell us your ideas for how to improve the way we handle our trash in St. Clements.