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WINNIPEG - City council's public works committee has approved a plan to ask Winnipeggers what form of recycling service they'd like to see once the existing residential blue-box contract expires.
Right now, waste-management contractors manually empty recyclables from blue boxes at about 185,000 households. This contract is due to expire on Sept. 15, 2010.
The city's water and waste department wants to issue a tender, but first wants to offer residents three collection options: manual weekly collection from blue boxes, the replacement of blue boxes with larger rolling bins that can be emptied by automated trucks, or rolling bin collection once every two weeks.
The city does not believe companies would be willing to bid on manual collection, but is placing that option before homeowners nonetheless.
The new rolling bins would either be 240 litres - about five times the capacity of a blue box - or 360 litres, depending on the option chosen.
The cost of the bins may be covered in part by a new provincial waste-reduction levy.
The new contract will not affect Winnipeggers who live in most apartments and condos, which are already served by larger, communal-use recycling bins.
Couns. Bill Clement (Charleswood), Harry Lazarenko (Mynarski), Dan Vandal (St. Boniface) and Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre) voted unanimously in support of the plan, which still requires approval from executive policy committee and council.
Last month, council's left-leaning opposition, which includes Vandal and Smith, complained after a plan to replace garbage cans with rolling bins showed up at a special meeting of the public works committee three working days before a city council meeting.
But Clement also asked city waste managers to explore the possibility of extending the existing blue box program by one year, as the public works chairman fears Winnipeggers may be too distracted by the Christmas shopping season to take part in public consultations about recycling in November. The financial data will be presented to city council later this month
And the committee also approved a Vandal motion to ask city waste managers to issue a report about composting and yard waste.