Garbage fee hike in Saanich a tax grab

In Saanich, we’ve just been told that we’ll be getting new garbage carts, and organics will be separated.

In Saanich, we’ve just been told that we’ll be getting new garbage carts, and organics will be separated.

Great. However, we have to pay an annual fee for the carts. If a household selects the standard carts, the charge for the carts plus the solid waste fee will be $175 per year, up from the current charge of $156 per year. That’s an increase of more than 12 per cent.

Why is it going to cost 12 per cent more to collect the same garbage, now sorted by the householders? Why do we have to pay rental forever on the carts? Why can’t we just buy them once?

Seems to me Saanich is taking this opportunity to slide through a tax increase under the guise of being more “green.”

Leelah Dawson

Saanich