Edmonton might delay rolling out its revamped waste management system because of COVID-19 crisis

The city is considering abandoning the planned summer launch of its citywide cart rollout as Edmonton moves to a new waste collection system.

After a pilot project last year, one that took place over a 10-month period, the intent was to roll the new system out in the summer of 2020, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the city to rethink its plans.

“We’re assessing that, like many other services we’re providing, but we haven’t landed on a specific recommendation yet,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin told Global News.

City councillors have not been briefed on the updated plans. One councillor anticipates hearing something at the April 15 council meeting.

Among the issues the city has to sort out, with so many working from home to self-isolate because of the pandemic, would the launch of a new system get a true test of the expected waste to be generated from homeowners?

Coun. Andrew Knack said that would be true for all aspects of the new waste streams that will be created, with compostable kitchen waste, recyclables and regular garbage. Yard waste will have to be factored in later this spring.


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