City approves three garbage bag limit

The city approved a plan to limit garbage to three items per household.

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Did you hear? The big news? Hard to believe all the coverage it’s gotten, but even though it’s slightly outside of our mandate, we had to get in our take. I imagine it was kind of hard to miss, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

We’ve got all the latest on the biggest story of the week, the many buildings open this weekend for Doors Open Ottawa. (Did this joke work, probably not. Guilty as charged.)

Also some news about garbage, a food round up, and plenty of other events for the weekend.

Why don’t we get to it.

— Robert Hiltz, managing editor


Friday: 22 🌡️ 8 | ☀️

Saturday: 26 🌡️ 11 | ☀️

Sunday: 22 🌡️ 14 | ☁️

Monday: 26 🌡️ 16 | ☀️


Three-bag limit passes council

What happened: City council unanimously approved a plan to limit garbage collection to three items per household. It’s a stop-gap measure to try and increase recycling and green bin use to extend the life of the Trail Road dump. 

There are several possible combinations for what will be accepted by garbage crews as three items, according to the city:

  • One 140-litre bin, a plastic waste bag and a broken chair

  • Three 140-litre bins

  • Three plastic waste bags

  • Two 140 litre bins and one broken vacuum

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Timeline: The plan goes into effect Sept. 30. At first, all garbage will be picked up, even if the amount is over the limit, CTV reported. When November rolls around, crews will pick up all but one bag and leave a notice if the number is over the limit. In December the limits will be fully enforced, and only three items will be picked up.

Extra trash: If you’ve got extra garbage that needs to go out, city-branded yellow bags will be available at the cost of $4.40 each. The bags only come in four packs, which cost $17.60. The bags will be available at city service centres, and Home Hardwares will be the primary retailer of the bags, but more specific outlets will be announced closer to Sept. 30.

Exemptions: Agricultural properties will be exempt from the pickup limits in April and May for unavoidable farm waste. The “special consideration” program — which allows weekly pickup of diapers and incontinence products — will expand to more types of medical waste. The program allows for weekly pickup of one bag for registered homes.

  • The three-item limit will still apply to homes with a basement apartment or coach house. 

Next steps: The city will also be rolling out green bins to all multi-unit residential buildings. That will happen in stages from smaller buildings 

Income-based parking fines impossible

What happened: The city is unable to issue parking or other fines with amounts based on income or the value of a vehicle, CTV reported. Staff were asked by Coun. Shawn Menard if such a thing was possible.

  • The idea would be to give lower fines when a parking ticket would be a serious burden on someone, but to increase them for someone who would barely notice.

The reason: Provincial law doesn’t allow for the value of fines to be increased if someone is more able to afford them. However, when reviewing tickets, officials are able to use their discretion to offer alternative payment plans to those who don’t have the means.

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