CIVIC WASTE MINIMIZATION PROGRAM
In 1999, the City commissioned KPMG to examine various options for solid waste collection and disposal. The study indicated the City’s annual expenditure for solid waste collection could be reduced by $2.2 million per year (representing roughly a one-per-cent reduction in residential property taxes) if the portion carried out by city forces was contracted out.
The study also noted that even if improvements in efficiency were made for city-delivered services, civic expenditures would still be $700,000 higher than if all the work was contracted out.
The Chamber believes the savings to be realized by contracting out are higher than reported in the study. An activity-based costing technique was used to develop a baseline for costs. However, there is some question whether this includes all corporate support costs, such as payroll and management costs.
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Recommendations:
Endorse the mayor’s proposed waste minimization program, which is consistent with The Chamber’s commitment to the principles of sustainable development and cost reduction:
- Extend recycling collection to all households
- Do not put a limit on yard waste disposed of in clear bags
- Allow each household up to two bags of garbage per week, but sell tags, available at retail outlets, for $1.50 each for every bag over the limit
- Continue having autobins until a program review is completed
- Introduce an assistance program for low-income residents and stringently enforce the program
Adopted by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce board of directors, January 2001