The City of Quesnel intends to exit the Commercial garbage collection business as of June 30, 2020. This will include all facilities serviced by trade waste containers, both commercial buildings and apartment buildings, and all commercial buildings serviced with residential sized carts.
Exiting the commercial garbage business will enable the City to turn its focus to look for more ways to promote waste diversion to extend the life of the landfill. The City’s landfill capital costs are increasing as the current footprint is expected to be full in 2040 and options are being reviewed to expand the landfill area.
The City has never provided commercial garbage collection in South Quesnel and there are several waste management companies already operating in that area that the City expects will move into this market. The City’s collection costs for commercial garbage only covered the cost of collection, it did not cover the cost of landfilling the waste received. Private operators that move into this business will have to cover both costs so the costs for commercial garbage pickup will likely increase.
The City’s collection service will continue until June 30, 2020. All affected businesses and apartment buildings will be billed for 6 months service on their annual utility billing from the City in February. It is important that each business arrange with a private operator for commercial garbage pickup after June 30, 2020.
The City will provide more details as they become available on how the transition will occur.