Exploring how we’ll pay for waste services in the future.
We’re striving to divert 75% of Peel’s waste from landfill by 2034.
Developing a long-term financial plan is one of the actions in our Roadmap to a Circular Economy. This plan will outline how we pay for future waste services and the infrastructure needed to achieve our 75% waste diversion target. As we develop the financial plan, we’re exploring if we’ll charge user fees for garbage.
As part of this process, we led in person and online public workshops to better understand our residents’ different perspectives. These workshops gave residents the opportunity to share their thoughts on different user fees, as well as what matters to them in relation to the waste services within their municipality.
2 rounds of public engagement have been completed.
Round 1: public engagement 2020
Public workshops took place in March 2020. We presented and explained 6 different types of user fee models.
These key themes emerged from this first round of engagement:
- Feeling motivated to reduce waste is important to residents.
- Many residents agree with the concept of “Pay for what you generate."
- Many residents do not want user fees.
- Many residents want to pay for waste services through taxes.
- Many residents feel that the bin collection system should still continue if a user-pay model is applied.
Round 2: public engagement 2022
An online open house and public workshops took place during winter 2022.
During these events we presented 3 funding approaches:
- A tax-based system (existing)
- A user fee system
- A hybrid system
The key considerations from this round of engagement included:
- Ease or convenience (or both) for residents.
- A positive environmental impact.
- Consideration of cost to residents.
- Equity and fairness for all.
Based on the findings and reflections from the public consultations, we’re further examining what would be involved in starting a user fee system. We’re also planning additional public engagement to support a final recommendation to Regional Council later in 2023.
For more information email Waste Management.