A number of city workers will be out of a job come January because of falling revenue at Calgary landfills.
Rick Valdarchi, Director of Waste and Recycling, says the layoffs will impact 18 people.
Valdarchi says it’s because of a predicted revenue shortfall of $11 million dollars in 2017.
“You’re looking at a 25 per cent reduction of staff on the sites, which is absolutely significant,” he says.
He says hours of operation will be scaled back to four days a week. Currently the landfill is open six days a week in winter and seven days in summer.
Valdarchi says the city is also doing away with door-to-door pick up of natural Christmas trees.
“We were obviously looking for opportunities to mitigate costs… and all we’re asking is residents take advantage of drop off depots. That’s how we did it previous to 2010,” he says.
He says drop off locations similar to those for leaves and pumpkins will be set up once the holidays are over.
-With files from Aurelio Perri