Garbage Bin Sizes & Fees
Solid Waste Management Services is a rate-based program where residents pay fees for the services they receive based on the size of their garbage bin.The volume-based rate structure was designed to encourage residents to divert as much as possible away from landfill. Residents with the largest garbage bins pay the most and those with the smallest pay the least.
Fees By Bin Size
(1 regular sized bag; 75 litres)
(1½ regular sized bags; 120 litres)
(3 regular sized bags; 240 litres)
(4½ regular sized bags; 360 litres)
– $160.04 rebate
$99.71 Annual Cost
– $73.69 rebate
$241.63 Annual Cost
– $0.00 rebate
$428.25 Annual Cost
– $0.00 rebate
$496.73 Annual Cost
Note: When moving, bins remain property of the City and must stay at the property.
Phasing out of the Garbage Bin Rebate
In the past, Solid Waste Management Services single-family ratepayers have received a rebate or credit on their utility bill funded from the property tax base. In 2019, City Council approved the phase out of the single-family rebate over three years. The phasing out of the rebate will support Solid Waste Management Services’ transition to a self-sufficient and sustainable utility where operating expenses are fully covered by rate revenues. The single-family residential large garbage bin rebate will be phased out in 2019, the medium garbage bin rebate over 2019 and 2020 and the small garbage bin rebate over 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Single-Family Residential Low-Income Relief Program
To minimize the impact of rebate reductions on low-income ratepayers, a Single-Family Residential Low-Income Relief Program has been created. In 2019, the program will offer assistance to seniors or persons living with a disability who have a household income of $50,000 or less and either a small, medium or large garbage bin. Those already enrolled in the Water Rebate Program will be automatically enrolled in the Single-Family Residential Low-Income Relief Program. Applicants only need to complete one application to apply for various tax and utility relief programs. The application will be posted in May 2019.
Bag-Only Fee & Garbage Tags
|Type||Annual Rate||Rebate||Annual Net Cost|
|Garbage Tag||$5.38 each||–||$5.38 each|
* Bag-only rates are only available to locations with special approval from the City. The bin program is otherwise mandatory for curbside customers. Bag-only customers are also required to buy Garbage Tags for each bag they set out.
Oversized & Metal Items
|Customer Type||Material||Annual Rate (per unit)|
|All Residential (Single Family Home and Multi-Residential)||Oversized items that do not fit in garbage bag or bin||$15.00|
Note: The above is an approved annual fee for the collection of oversized and metal items for each single-family home and multi-residential unit, regardless of whether or not the service is used.