The 2014 budget for Corner Brook includes the absorption of the higher cost of disposing of garbage under the scheme that includes trucking waste from the region to a site in central Newfoundland.
Council will directly pay the 67 per cent increase in tipping fees to the Western Regional Service Board.
Residents, though, had better begin preparing to cut the amount of garbage that has to be disposed of.
City council may be paying the extra cost ... but all money comes from taxpayers one way or another.
City residents have become used to the area having its own dump site just a few kilometres away, but that ends Jan. 1 when the new board takes over.
The new system will drag this region into the 21st century where recycling and waste disposal is concerned.
The city does promote recycling now but that will have to be ramped up or residents will almost certainly see their tax bills jump because of the cost of trucking garbage.
It may not be next year but it will happen as costs climb — as they always do.
This change to a regional waste board will be good for the environment and it will be a catalyst getting citizens on board with recycling.
That will also mean more than dragging a few pop cans and cereal boxes to the curb once a week.
Many progressive cities have moved into recycling as a way of life and have managed to convince their taxpayers it’s for their own good and the good of the planet.
Corner Brook council now must push and prod citizens into moving to the next level of recycling.
It will be costly for all concerned if they don’t succeed.