Multi-family recycling fully implemented
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 06:00 am
Multi-family dwellings in Airdrie were required to fully implement recycling by Jan. 1, after being given a full year to look at options, according to Tracy Pagenhardt, program co-ordinator with Waste and Recycling at the City of Airdrie.
“We’re not servicing the properties ourselves; it’s up to the condo board or the property manager to actually implement the program themselves,” she said. “We do have resources they may need online in terms of various companies that could actually collect the material. We have all the signage they can place up.”
The City also has templates condo boards or property managers can use to communicate with tenants/owners about how the recycling program is going to run at their building, according to Pagenhardt.
“They also have the opportunity, if they want, (to have) one of our education co-ordinators come in to do a presentation...about the program itself, either to the condo board or to the residents,” she said. “It’s not so much that we’re saying, ‘hey, you need to do this,’ we’re giving them resources. All the resources are there.”
Curbside recycling for single-family residences was implemented in April 2017. City council unanimously approved a request from staff to move forward with implementing recycling at multi-family residences at its regular meeting March 7, 2016. Recycling for all city dwellings is now mandatory.
To ensure the owners or managers of multi-family residences are getting on board, condo boards or property managers are required to fill out a waste and recycling strategy and provide that to the City, according to Pagenhardt.
“It gives the contact information for the property manager or the condo board. It tells us who is collecting their waste, how often they’re collecting their waste, what kind of system they have set up – just so we know they do have a system set up and it is proper and it is bylaw compliant, really,” she said.
Pagenhardt said enforcement of the mandatory system will be done using an education-first approach.
“It’s much like what Calgary and Cochrane have done – it is complaint-based. If a resident lives in a condo complex or an apartment complex and they notice that they don’t have a recycling program in place, they’re encouraged to contact their property manager/condo board,” she said.
If they find out there is no program in place, the resident can then contact the City to lodge a formal complaint. Pagenhardt said the City will then contact the condo board or property manager in question to see what is going on.
“We always try to work with the property manager – education first. We’ll talk to them, tell them about the program, help them along if they need it in terms of providing the resources to get the program in place,” she said.
“If they are continuously non-compliant – I mean absolutely refusing to put a program in place – then there is a fine associated, which is $250. I don’t anticipate ever having to use the fine. Most folks, once they know about the program and once they get the resources they need, it seems to be a little easier than they thought it would be.”
More information about multi-family recycling can be found on the City’s website at airdrie.ca