November 3, 2021
Solid Waste Management Services is a rate-based program where residents of a single family pay a fee for the services they receive based on the size of their trash, and residents of multi-residential buildings with the collection. city waste pays according to the amount of waste from their buildings. produce. The volume-based pricing structure was designed to encourage residents to divert as much waste as possible from landfills. Single-family residents who have the largest bins pay the most and those with the smallest pay the least. Likewise, multi-residential buildings that produce more waste pay more than those that produce less.
In addition to household garbage collection, the solid waste management service fee pays for the unlimited collection and handling of recycling, yard waste, organics, oversized and metal items, household hazardous waste, and household waste. electronic appliances. The solid waste management service fee also funds city-wide waste collection, Community Environment Days, street and park garbage collection, depots, ongoing maintenance of facilities. closed landfills and more.
Solid Waste Management Services is committed to ensuring that waste is collected in a safe, timely, reliable and environmentally and financially sustainable manner. The recommended 2022 budget provides funding to support the delivery of solid waste management programs and services as well as truck safety improvements, clean repair projects to solid waste management infrastructure and the continued development of solid waste management. ‘renewable energy infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. . It also supports the continued implementation of the long-term waste management strategy, Toronto’s movements towards a circular economy, and the long-term financial sustainability of Solid Waste Management Services operations and capital projects.
Overview of solid waste management services
- Provides solid waste collection services to approximately 867,500 homes / residential units, businesses, institutions, charities, religious organizations, schools and divisions, agencies and corporations in the city. Services include collection and management of organics from green bins, recycling of blue bins, garbage, oversized and metal items, yard waste, electronics, and household hazardous waste.
- Maintains and maintains infrastructure assets valued at approximately $ 749 million, including seven transfer stations (six with household hazardous waste depots); an operating landfill (Green Lane Landfill) and 160 closed landfills; two organic matter treatment facilities; 1.9 million residential bins and containers; five meters; and around 690 vehicles and equipment.
- Supports the beautification and cleanliness of the city by collecting trash and waste from approximately 10,600 park bins and 10,300 street bins and providing cleaning for special events.
- Handles over 900,000 tonnes of waste each year. This includes garbage, recycling, organics, yard waste and more.
The recommended budget for solid waste management services 2022 includes:
- an operating budget of $ 377.8 million plus a contribution to the capital reserve of $ 13.1 million
- a capital budget of $ 69.7 million (including $ 63.7 million in funding planned for 2022 and $ 6.0 million in funding carried over from 2021)
- a recommended 10-year capital plan of $ 849.1 million.
This budget allows Solid Waste Management Services to maintain all current levels of service and allocates sufficient reserve funds to fund and meet future capital needs over the 10-year capital plan period. Solid Waste Management Services has no backlog of undamaged repairs and all projects in its 10-year capital plan are fully funded.
Key priorities for 2022
- Continued implementation of safety improvements for collection trucks, such as side guards and in-cab cameras, and improved training to ensure staff and public safety.
- Preparation for the transition of the City’s blue bin recycling program to Extended Producer Responsibility in order to make it as transparent as possible for residents.
- Continued advocacy for additional producer responsibility programs for other City-managed items (eg mattresses, compostable plastics, textiles).
- Work to advance the development of renewable natural gas infrastructure at the Disco Road Organics Processing Facility to begin producing renewable natural gas in 2023.
- Planning and design work to accelerate a third organics processing plant (start of construction in 2025 compared to 2036 and expected completion in 2028).
- Continued implementation of the long-term waste management strategy with emphasis on waste reduction, reuse and circular economy initiatives.
- Continued advocacy and engagement with provincial and federal governments and stakeholders on how to address the implications of new and evolving packaging management and policy actions to reduce plastic waste and single-use items and to take away.
- Ongoing engagement with First Nations communities related to the City’s exploration and study of landfill gas use options at the Green Lane Landfill Site and the First Engagement Grants Funding Program Nations to support their participation in the process.
- Continuing to explore and study Toronto’s long-term waste disposal options including energy from waste, mixed waste treatment and traditional landfill.
- Ongoing assessment of what is accepted in Toronto diversion programs with a preliminary focus on the green bin program using a three-outcome approach that examines the social, environmental and financial implications of including certain items (p. e.g. diapers, hygiene products).
- Continued efforts to reduce contamination and increase the diversion of waste from street and park garbage cans.
- Continuing to convert the collection fleet of solid waste management services from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce noise, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs.
- Completion of state of repair projects for landfills, transfer stations and collection yards.
- Solid Waste Management Services recommends a 3% tariff increase in 2022 (as planned in the 10-year financial plan presented in 2021).
- It is recommended that the rate increases take effect on January 1, 2022.
- To ensure that solid waste management services can continue to maintain and improve service levels, cover operating costs and fund planned capital projects, a three percent rate increase is also planned. for 2023 and each year thereafter until 2031.
- It is recommended that the price of items such as garbage bag tags and recycling and commercial organic waste carts also increase by three percent in 2022.
Program adjustments based on impacts, recovery and learnings from COVID-19
- In light of the success of Community Environment Day events at landfills, solid waste management services recommend that by 2022, up to 51 community events take place across the city as well as seven events at depository deposits for a potential of 58 events.
- Additional resources were put in place in 2021 to deal with the increase in litter and litter in parks. For 2022, Solid Waste Management Services recommends maintaining these resources.
- In 2021, the Solid Waste Management Services budget for promotion, education and awareness was reduced in light of the City’s focus on COVID-19 communications and engagement. For 2022, Solid Waste Management Services recommends that this budget be increased to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Priority actions over the next 10 years
- Ensure that solid waste management services have sufficient funding to continue to maintain and improve service levels, cover rising operating costs, and fund planned capital projects.
- Advance climate change resilience projects that will reduce environmental impacts, support growth and allow the City to manage risks, including:
- the acceleration of a third organic matter processing plant (start of construction in 2025 versus 2036 with delivery scheduled for 2028)
- renewable energy infrastructure at other City waste management facilities, such as the Disco Organics Facility, Green Lane Landfill and Keele Valley Landfill, to further increase reductions greenhouse gas emissions.
- Continue to foster and strengthen relationships with First Nations communities near the Voie verte landfill through increased engagement.
- Continue to promote and enable waste reduction and reuse.
- Continue long-term planning for waste disposal from Toronto, including work to identify and secure landfill capacity (e.g. and without mixed waste treatment.
- Continue to focus on performance-based metrics that reflect the amount of waste generated, reduced, reused, and disposed of, versus weight-only metrics such as diversion rates that do not give an overall picture of performance or do not take into account the evolving nature of packaging.
10-year financial plan
- A 10-year financial strategy has been developed to ensure that Solid Waste Management Services has sufficient funds to finance its long-term capital needs.
- The plan is based on the transition of its recycling program to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in July 2023, as set out in the regulations, as this will result in estimated cost savings of $ 15 million per year starting in 2024. .
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