Perth South sets rates for wheelie bins, date for switch still to be determined

Reimbursements for extra unused bag tags will be available

By Dan Rankin

At their evening meeting on Tuesday, March 15, Perth South Council further discussed the municipality’s forthcoming switch to automated waste collection by Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA), including coming to an agreement on the annual rate for the new wheelie bins.

The cost of the smallest option, a 35 gallon bin, and the new minimum mandatory annual rate charged to all residents will be $100. This is more than the minimum rate in more populous municipalities such as South Huron ($85) and St. Marys ($84), but equal to Middlesex Centre and less costly than in Morris Turnbury ($120). The medium 65 gallon bin will cost $185 annually, while the large 95 gallon bin will cost $270.

At the meeting Council also passed a motion permitting for refunds to reimburse Perth South residents and businesses for any unused bag tags that are returned to the Township office, after the bag tag program ceases, until July 1, 2017. However, it is not yet known exactly when the program will begin.

In his report, Director of Public Works Ken Bettles said that BRA President Francis Veilleux was notified about Perth South’s decision immediately after Council March 1 meeting. “Francis estimates that the earliest the program would be implemented for Perth South is Oct. 31, 2016,” Bettles wrote.

“It takes them a while to gear up and get everything all ready,” he said Tuesday. “Our budget was based on conversion happening midway through the year. The delay does have some impact on the budget. Still, that date isn’t set in stone yet. That’s just Francis’ initial expectation.”

Treasurer Rebecca Clothier said that, while the later implementation would “have a negative impact” on their budget, she didn’t think it was necessary to make any changes.

“The shortfall we’re going to have there is about one percent of the budget,” she said. “I think we should just wait and see if there are any changes needed to be made in the future.”

Regarding a public concern about the potential issue of rural roads proving too narrow, or road shoulders too steep to place out wheelie bins, Bettles said Veilleux express to him that, “after it was implemented, if there was problems, we would look at them and see.”

“He wanted to confirm there was a real problem versus a perceived problem,” Bettles said.