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Monday January 20th, 2014

Posted at 7:55pm

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If you enjoy the ease of putting bags at the curb on garbage day, be warned, it will be thing of the past starting July 1st.

Under new rules adopted by City Council, it will be mandatory to place all garbage and garbage bags in hard-sided containers with lids.

Hard-sided containers must be either metal or plastic with a watertight lid, and have a capacity of no more then 33 gallons (125 L).

Approved garbage carts with lifting mechanisms to fit city trucks may also be used and can not have a capacity of more than 90 gallons (340 L).

The city says having all garbage in sealed containers will reduce the amount of food available to wildlife and wildlife will no longer be able to rip open bags of garbage while hunting for food.

In a report to council, Environmental Services manager Anne Marie Albidone said she hopes the program will “have a strong effect on the wildlife population” such that “animal control programs will not be necessary in the future.”

The city does not plan to provide residents with hard-sided containers and there are no current plans to subsidize the cost to purchase them.

Council however allocated $50,000 to advertise the need to use hard-sided containers well in advance of the summertime deadline.

After July 1st, residents who do not place their garbage bags within hard-sided containers will receive a visit from the Environmental Services Department.

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