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November 29, 2011
2012 Solid Waste and Water budgets approved by Toronto Council
The 2012 operating and capital budgets for Solid Waste Management Services and Toronto Water were approved today at Toronto City Council. The budgets detail the City’s plans for ongoing delivery of two of its most vital service areas - waste collection and disposal, and water and wastewater treatment and delivery. The budgets also demonstrate continued investment in long-term infrastructure renewal programs and solid waste management diversion plans while supporting the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and customer service.

The approved budgets reflect the priorities of supporting the ongoing rollout of the City’s 10-year capital plan to replace aging infrastructure and utilizing savings resulting from the contracting out of some waste management services.

"The Solid Waste Management and Toronto Water budgets are making investments in Toronto's future," said Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the Budget Committee. "Our citizens can begin to see the savings brought by reducing the size and cost of government through contracted services, while continuing the commitment to renew our critical physical infrastructure. And of course, these budgets are fully-funded by rates that correspond to usage levels and help reduce the burden on the property tax base."

Solid Waste Management Services
The approved 2012 Solid Waste Operating and Capital Budget results in no rate increase for the majority of residential customers. At the same time, it seeks to create fair, harmonized rates across the entire customer base.

The Council approved 2012 Solid Waste Management Services Budget consists of:

• Operating Budget of $345.8 million
• Capital Budget of $103 million (including carry forward funding of $43.6 million) with planned capital works over the 2012-2021 period of $559.4 million

Key operational initiatives supported by the 2012 Solid Waste Management Budget are:

• Transition from public to private service of residential curbside collection in District 2 (west of Yonge Street to the Humber River) that will save $11.4 million over 2012 and 2013
• Achieve efficiencies in collections through route optimization
• Introduce new materials to be recycled in the Blue Bin (e.g. Mixed Rigid Plastic Packaging)

• Restructure the Multi-Residential Curbside Bin Rate to resemble the Multi-Residential Front-End Rate
• Continue program rollout of apartment Green Bin organics collection
• Transition to additional private service delivery of litter vacuuming
• Maintain adequate and reliable processing capacity for organics and single-stream recycling

The 2012 Capital Budget provides funding of $103.272 million (including $43.622 million carried forward from 2011 to 2012) to:

• Repay the final debenture financing of the remaining acquisition cost of Green Lane Landfill (Capitalized Interest over 2008 to 2011 of $22.9 million)
• Continue improving diversion systems such as starting implementation of multi-unit residential Source Separated Organics containers and recycling upgrades, and continuing implementation of the RFID system for bins ($4.7 million)
• Continue design and construction of Reuse and Recycling Centres ($2.7 million)
• Continue building Source Separated Organics processing capacity at the Disco facility ($34.9 million)
• Continue site remediation at the Dufferin recycling facility ($8.6 million)
• Continue Transfer Station and Collection Yard asset management ($8.8 million)
• Continue developing Green Lane Landfill including Control Systems and Buffer Land Acquisition ($11.9 million)
• Continue Perpetual Care of Old Landfills including control systems ($6.2 million)
• Begin building Source Separated Organics processing capacity at the Dufferin facilities ($1.1 million)
• Begin planning improved IT business systems to provide better customer service ($0.7 million)
• Begin proceeding with design and specification of the Mechanical and Biological Treatment Facility at Green Lane ($0.7 million)

Toronto Water

The 2012 Toronto Water Budget includes:

• Operating Budget of $381 million
• Capital Budget of $607 million with planned capital works over the 2012-2021 period of $7.9 billion
• Projected revenue of $893 million

The 2012 Toronto Water Budget includes a 9% water rate increase. This is a planned increase and part of a multi-year budget and infrastructure renewal program to tackle a $1.7 billion backlog of repairs. The plan, first implemented in 2006, endorsed annual 9% rate increases for nine years to tackle Toronto's aging water infrastructure.

The requested rate increase allows the City to protect public health, safety and property in a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner.

The new rate is an increase of $62 (17 cents per day) for the average Toronto household using 300 cubic metres of water per year. The annual projected cost in 2012 for the average household is $747 per year ($2.04 per day). This rate includes costs for all water services including drinking water, wastewater and stormwater treatment. Toronto's water rates continue to remain lower than those of most neighbouring municipalities.

Key projects included in Toronto Water's 2012 Capital Budget:

• Increased infrastructure renewal funding that will reduce the backlog by a further $118 million (backlog forecasted to be $1.555 billion by end of 2012)
• Continued investment in basement flooding protection
• Completion of Infrastructure Stimulus Funding projects
• Completion of major capital projects:
o Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer Emergency By-pass
o Horgan Water Treatment Plant Expansion
o Avenue Road Trunk Watermain
o Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Odour Control Facilities
• Waterfront Sanitary Servicing Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment (EA) which is a review of sanitary servicing for growth along the waterfront to 2031
• Initiation of new projects in 2012:
o Gerrard Street Trunk Watermain
o Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Treatment and Odour Control (P Building)
o Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Major Biosolids Treatment Upgrade

The 2012 Operating Budget for Toronto Water will ensure delivery of water and wastewater services for 3.2 million residents and businesses in Toronto. Services in 2012 will include:

• Treatment and supply of 493 billion litres of water (includes York Region)
• Collection and treatment of 438 billion litres of wastewater
• Replacement of 5,000 lead services
• Repair of 10,000 blocked drains
• Cleaning of over 122,500 catch basins
• Repair of approximately 1,500 broken watermains

Backgrounders, analyst notes and other materials are available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Pat Barrett
Sr. Communications Coordinator
Solid Waste Management Services

Diane Chester
Program Manager
Toronto Water



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