By Elise Skura, CBC News Ottawa, October 30, 2023
Ottawa is looking at two costly options to lengthen the life of its soon-to-be-full landfill: burning waste to create energy, or mechanically sorting trash to remove organics and recyclables.
Both mean a hike in what households pay — but even if councillors opt against the technologies, staff say the rates will likely double within the decade.
"In 2023, Ottawa residents paid on average $185 for the year for solid waste services," said project manager Nichole Hoover-Bienasz, noting that the projections are not definitive.
"By the time we're at 2050, you're looking at a cost per household of just under $500."