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City implementing new commercial recycling program

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The City of Dauphin’s plan was always to have a household recycling program while leaving commercial businesses to contract for recycling independently, however, circumstances have changed and the City will be launching a commercial recycling program, soon.
“It became apparent that commercial businesses were using the residential recycling depot, perhaps in excess,” city manager Sharla Griffiths said.
“It was becoming an issue because (the depot) was filling up very quickly. And there were materials left outside of the bins, because the bins were already full. So the City of Dauphin wanted to make it a little easier for commercial businesses to recycle responsibly.”
Griffiths said the city weighed the reasons why a business might not have a recycling bin on sight and administrators believe, in most cases, it boils down to physical space limiting a small business’ options.
“So we are giving them another option to have a place to deposit it,” she said.
The commercial recycling depot will be set up at the garbage dump and will be accessible during regular dump hours.
“Because there will be a fee, it will have to through the scale,” Griffiths said.
“It is a volume fee, not a weight one and it is $10 per cubic yard, because it is comparable to the local recycling contractor OSS (Ottenbreit Sanitation Services). It would be comparable to what they would charge of there was a bin placed at a businesses location.”
The idea is not to make money, but to provide a revenue neutral service for local businesses.
“What we are trying to do is provide an alternative. We are not trying to compete with OSS,” Griffiths said.
“Basically they are the ones who are providing the bins. So we are paying them for the bins to be out there and businesses will pay us.”
The system was necessary, because commercial recycling does not receive the same level of support that residential programs do.
Specifically, the province does not provide a subsidy for commercial recycling, Griffiths said.
“Residential recycling is subsidized by the province and it is a cost neutral service that the City provides to its residents,” she said.
“Commercial recycling is not subsidized by the province, so that is why we do not pick it up for free.”
Everything is in place physically and Griffiths expects the program will begin accepting recyclables soon, once bylaws laying out fees and fines have been passed.
Businesses which continue to use the residential depot after that time could be subject to penalties.
“There is the potential for consequences. If (businesses) continue to use (the residential recycling depot) there could be a fine in place. We are looking at a $50 per occurrence fine,” Griffiths said.
“Physically the bins are in place right now. We are looking at having everything launched at the beginning of September.”