After making several amendments from its original bylaw proposal early last year, the Town has passed its garbage and recycling by-law.
The by-law passed second and third readings last Tuesday night at council's regular meeting.
As part of the new by-law, residents and businesses will see a few changes – and in most cases an increase – for costs of the pickup services.
Residential rates will rise from $75 per year in 2013 to $100 per year in 2014. That rate will increase by about $3 each year for the next two years.
The Town is also instituting a weekly garbage bag tag system.
Residents will get three bag tags per week. If residents have more garbage than that, they can purchase additional tags at the Town office.
The maximum size of a garbage bag will remain at 20 kilograms.
Council had originally had the tag limit at two bags, but increased it to three in its fall amendments.
There will be no limit to the amount of recycling allowed.
Meanwhile, businesses and apartment-owners will also see their rates increase at different levels.
HyLife Foods will see the biggest increase, with its rate skyrocketing from $600 annually in 2013, to $35,000 in 2014, $42,500 in 2015 and $50,000 in 2016. For more specifics on exact changes, copies of the by-law are available online at neepawa.ca.
Handouts and advertisements regarding the new bylaw are expected to be released by the Town this week.