Changes to deal with revenue shortfalls at Calgary’s landfills are being questioned by a southeast city council member.
The city is dealing with a $10-million shortfall from landfill operations last year and expects revenues will be down $11.7-million this year as the economy impacts the amount of waste going to the dump. Earlier this year, the city cut almost 2-dozen jobs as it reduced landfill operations to just four days a week, with different days at each of the landfills.
Councillor Shane Keating can live with those decisions, but he’s concerned about how the closures have been implemented, noting the Shepard Landfill is closed both Saturday and Sunday.
“Why couldn’t Shepard, for example, be open on Saturday, closed on Sunday, Monday, open Tuesday, Wednesday, closed Thursday, then open Friday, Saturday?” he said. “Why can’t we get into these split work weeks rather than having it consecutive all the time?”
The change at the landfills was only implemented in January. “Because this is the first season, the first time that we’ve done this, we will be looking at how effective and efficient it’s been and we’ll be looking at our costs,” Utilities and Environment General Manager Rob Pritchard said. “We’ll be taking under advisement the kinds of feedback that we get from our customers to see what we can do.”
While each landfill is open four days a week, the closures are staggered so there is a landfill available seven days a week.
with files from Aurelio Perri, News Talk 770