City lowers waste and recycling costs

The cost of curbside waste and recycling collection is about to be a little lower for Fernie residents.

The cost of curbside waste and recycling collection is about to be a little lower for Fernie residents.

The recent awarding of a new contract with Southeast Contracting Ltd. for the removal of solid waste and recycling has resulted in a large savings for the City of Fernie. The cost is paid for by Fernie residents and covers curbside service, as well as collection of the City-owned waste and recycling bins around town.

The current fee residents pay for the service is $8.36 a month, or $100.32 a year. The annual charges are being reduced by just over $65,000 a year, making a significant difference in the regular fees.

“Due to the reduction in the contract, cost recovery can now be achieved at $5.81 per month, which is $69.92 a year,” explained Jim Hendricks, Director of Financial and Computer Services and Acting CAO for the City. “That’s a reduction of $30.60 per year, per household, which more than offsets the [recent] $26.52 increase in water and sewage usage fees.”

The new fees will come into effect on January 1, 2013.