Where’s the trash? Let me locate it with my GPS

A second recycling drop-off depot and GPS tracking systems will be examined by Red Deer city council Monday as inclusions in a new waste collection contract.

A second recycling drop-off depot and GPS tracking systems will be examined by Red Deer city council Monday as inclusions in a new waste collection contract.

Council has been asked to support both proposals among other items recommended for inclusion in the new contract beginning in November.

The current contract with Waste Services Inc., expires Oct. 31.

The new contract will be for five years with provisions to extend it for two more years, a report to council says.

The 2009 contract totalled about $7.2 million.

The new contract will require the contractor to supply GPS (global positioning systems) on all its collection vehicles.

The city will have access to the information, which will give the contractor an important tool to better manage its fleet and routes.

“The system will also give the city access to more information when speaking to residents who phone in.

It will also allow the city to better track the contractor’s performance.

The extra cost of $25,000 will increase the monthly residential waste collection bill by three cents.

The report says there have been issues with tidiness at the current recycling drop-off depot at the Waste Management Facility on the city’s east side near the Delburne Trail.

Reducing the operating hours should allow for a more tidy operation, the report says.

In addition, a second drop-off site is urged for an undisclosed site in North Red Deer.

That site would cost about $30,000 to operate, which would result in a six-cent increase in the monthly residential recycling rate.

In addition, yard waste collection will be extended until the second Friday in November.

That won’t occur until the fall of 2011 because the current contract doesn’t expire until Oct. 31.

The extra yard waste collection will add six cents to the monthly bill.

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