Kenora City Council convened a special meeting today at the Council Chambers to address several important matters.
Resolution number one was introduced, allowing the Council to move into a closed session to discuss specific matters. The topics of discussion included labor relations, the Master Services agreement, and the blue box regulation. After a brief period of discussion, the resolution was passed, and the Council proceeded into the closed session.
Upon returning to the open session, Council addressed the circular materials Master Services agreement. The agreement would cover services related to blue box materials, collection, promotion, and education for eligible community residents. It was decided that Council direct the administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the impacts on solid waste collection services. Before the resolution was put to a vote, the director of engineering and infrastructure provided background information on the subject.
Greg Breen, the Director of engineering and infrastructure services, explained that the circular materials program aims to improve waste management and recycling efforts in compliance with the resource recovery and circular economy act introduced by the province of Ontario. Circular Materials, as the producer responsible organization, offered municipalities the choice to opt-in or opt-out of contracting with them for waste management services.
After deliberation, the resolution was put to a vote, and it was carried in favor of executing the circular materials Master Services agreement. The decision ensures the continuation of collection services under the agreement from July 1st, 2023, to December 31st, 2025.