|The attached report was prepared in partnership between the Environment and Transit and Public Works Departments. External input was gathered from the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee and the Inter-municipal Community Collaboration Waste Sub-Committee.
City Administration also conducted the following engagement events regarding the proposed changes:
Results from the three engagement events showed the following:
- Intercept Surveys: City Administration with the assistance of S-Cubed Environmental conducted five days of intercept surveys between September 27 - October 2, 2018 at Save On Foods, Superstore and the Heritage Park Anniversary Event. Feedback was gather from 227 residents (see attached for full survey results)
- Open House: City Administration hosted a five hour open house on September 26th at the Spruce Grove Public Library. Feedback was gathered from approximately 39 residents that attended the event and completed 26 surveys (see attached for full survey results)
- Online Engagement Portal: City Administration through the use of an online portal was able to gather feedback and input from 394 residents in the form of an online survey and information sharing (see attached for full survey results)
1. That the City move to bi-weekly curbside garbage collection in spring 2019 with the tendering of the new waste contract.:
- 43% of respondents were very supportive or somewhat supportive
- 56% of respondents were not very supportive or not at all supportive
- And 1% was not sure.
2. That the City move to bi-weekly winter curbside organics collection in spring 2019 with the tendering of the new waste contract:
- 55% of respondents indicated no impact
- 6% indicated a negative or somewhat negative impact
- 37% indicated a positive or somewhat positive impact
- And 2% did not know.
3. That the City discontinue the annual collection of Christmas trees as part of the curbside waste collection program after the 2019 event:
- 83% of respondents indicated no impact
- 10% indicated some to a big impact
- 6% indicated not much to may or may not have an impact
- And 1% not sure.
4. That the City maintain the annual Free-cycle event:
- 63% indicated they were very supportive of the program
- 13% were somewhat supportive
- 15% were neutral
- 6% were not very or not at all supportive
5. That the City discontinue the annual large item curbside collection event.
- 55% of respondents indicated some impact to a big impact
- 25% of respondents indicated no impact
- 20% of respondents indicated not much impact to may or may not have an impact
The City also surveyed residents during Canada Day and a door-to-door education campaign on moving to bi-weekly garbage collection,. The results from these events showed:
City Administration spoke with several residents (32) at the annual Canada Day event at Jubilee Park. Residents were asked the following question regarding the waste changes:
1. How full is your garbage cart every week? 56% of residents stated their cart is half full or less.
2. If garbage was collected every other week, could your household manage? 69% of residents stated they could manage having their cart collected every two weeks.
Door-to-Door Organics Campaign:
City summer student spoke with 261 households on organics diversion, during those conversations she noted that:
- 66% of households were for bi-weekly collection
- 24% against bi-weekly collection
- and 10% were not sure
The City also received 14 inquiries through the phone lines and email - the main concerns highlighted were smell, family size, and not participating in recycling or organics. Two residents did support the changes, but would like to see a fee reduction.