City council settles on multi-unit recycling program

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Watch above: multi-unit recycling sparks heated debate at city council meeting

SASKATOON – A long-running debate over the multi-unit recycling program has been settled by Saskatoon city council but it was not a unanimous decision.

Councillors finalized the program on Monday evening that will see Cosmo Industries provide the service.

The total monthly cost of the program is $4.66 per unit, but each suite will only be billed $2.51. The city will pay $1.32 to Cosmo and another 83 cents for the education costs to roll out the new program.

For 2014, the difference from what is collected from multi-unit dwellings and what Cosmo receives, estimated at $215,000, will come from the reserve for capital expenditures.

The city is hoping that in future years, the shortfall will be covered through money available from the province for environmental initiatives, but that won’t be known until 2015 when the program launches.

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