City of Regina Assessing Funding Options for Green Compost Bins


All Regina residents can expect green carts to be added to their homes in 2023.

The new food and yard waste service will start rolling out at the end of 2023 and will act much like the waste and recycling services that are currently in place in the city.

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The widely used compost bin had been piloted for two years in a number of communities around Regina.

As preparations for the launch continue to progress, Regina City Council is now considering how residents will pay for the expanded trio of curbside litter collection services.

Currently, residents pay in different ways for each of the two existing curbside collection services. A user fee on the city’s utility bill is charged for blue cart recycling service, while brown garbage cart service is paid for through property taxes.

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Four options were presented to City Council for consideration.

The first two options involve a combination of user fees and property taxes, while the third option is that the costs of all three services are covered by property taxes. The fourth option involves user fees funding all three services.

An image of the City of Regina can be seen breaking down the four proposed options for funding new green bins in 2023.

An image of the City of Regina can be seen breaking down the four proposed options for funding new green bins in 2023.

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Starting Thursday, the administration is recommending that garbage no longer be funded by property taxes, but rather that the three collection services be funded by user fees that appear on city utility bills.

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If approved, the user-fee approach would allow residents to choose from two sizes of garbage carts: the size widely used today at 360 liters or a smaller 240-liter option available at a lower price.

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“The recommended funding policy is designed to encourage waste reduction and diversion,” the City of Regina said in a news release. “Residents who waste less, pay less. User fees on utility bills also provide residents with clearer information about the costs of waste management services. »

The funding policy for curbside waste collection will be reviewed by the executive committee on Wednesday, October 19. The policy must be reviewed and approved by City Council at a future meeting before it comes into effect.

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