Why is my rate changing?
Previously, your property was receiving curbside collection but was classified as a communal property, and therefore paying a lower rate. The utility rate applicable to your property has been reclassified in alignment with the Waste Bylaw (18590), and over the next 5 years, your rate will transition from the communal rate to the curbside rate.
What to expect
Starting in December 2021 you will see your waste bill increase from $30.69 per month to $34 per month.
This is the first of 5 annual increases. Subsequent increases of about $3.50 per month, adjusted for inflation, will take effect each January for 4 years (2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025).
At the end of the transition period, your rate will fully align with the service you receive.
Why was I paying the wrong rate?
Under the previous Waste Bylaw, rates were classified by structure type: either single-unit or multi-unit (apartments or condos). City Council approved the new Waste Bylaw in 2019, which classifies rates by service type: either curbside/alley collection (that is, carts and blue bags) or communal collection (large bins shared by all residents of an apartment or condo complex).
During preparation for the Edmonton Cart Rollout, some residences were found to be paying the communal rate while receiving curbside service. This rate adjustment will bring all residents’ rates in line with their service type.
Customers will immediately transition to the residential curbside collection rate if the account holder changes or moves to a new property.
Is this rate adjustment being used to cover the cost of the Edmonton Cart Rollout?
No. This adjustment is to ensure all residents who receive curbside collection are receiving the service they are paying for.
Waste Services is committed to low, stable rate increases. The cost of implementing the 25-year Waste Strategy, including the Cart Rollout, will be managed within these allocated rates.