FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved moving to weekly garbage pickup, and residents will start paying $3 more a month for the service.

Last week, the City signaled that Council could approve a tender to collect solid waste and recycling at their Monday meeting. Council approved the tender, and for the next three years, garbage will be collected weekly and recycling every other week.

In March, the City approved a temporary plan to increase garbage collection to weekly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City says residents have appreciated the extra garbage collection, and it has reduced the amount of contamination in recycling.

With the change to weekly garbage collection, residents will pay more due to increased weekly collection costs. The monthly fee will increase from $5 to $8 per garbage cart.  Residents that currently have more than one bin can return them to the City.

The cost of recycling and garbage collection are already included in each property owner’s utility bill.

GFL Environmental, which purchased Oscar’s Disposal, was the only company to respond to the City’s tender. In year one, the tender will cost $850,656, year two, $930,348 and in year three $1,000,124.

Every six months, the City and contractor review the number of garbage and recycling carts collected. The fees are then adjusted based on the number of carts that are collected.