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Canandaigua City Council committee to discuss new fee structure for trash

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A Canandaigua City Council committee will discuss moving from a flat fee for residential trash disposal to a plan that requires those who throw away more to pay more.

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The more you throw away, the more you pay

The Finger Lakes Times reports the council’s planning committee will discuss the proposed change at its Tuesday meeting. The council has been discussing ways of limiting injuries to sanitation workers by reducing the number of containers they have to handle. The discussions have resulted in the following proposals.

  • All single-family dwellings and two to four-family dwellings will be issued a 64-gallon
  • garbage toter and a 96 or 64-gallon recycling toter per dwelling.
  • The utilization of garbage toters beyond the first toter will involve a quarterly fee ($37.50 per
  • quarter, $150 annually).
  • Tax-exempt properties that elected to have the City collect their garbage will be charged from the first toter.
  • All recycling toters will be free.
  • No garbage outside of a toter will be collected.
  • Prior to the distribution of any toters, property owners will be provided with a letter outlining the program and letting them know a postcard will follow that allows them to make choices.
  • The postcard will have a QR code linked to a website, the web address, and a 1-800 number to call.
  • Property owners will be able to request the number of garbage toters (additional toters beyond the first or fewer toters for two to four-family properties).
  • Property owners will also be able to choose a 64-gallon recycling toter instead of a 96-gallon toter.
  • If a property owner does not make selections, the property will be issued the toters as outlined above.

The cost to implement the program would be $467,135.05. City Manager John Goodwin recommends using 2021 surplus funds to pay for the program if it’s approved by the full city council.

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