Montreal's All-New "Garbage Tax" And How It's Going To Affect You
Putting a price on how much you throw out in the city.
Montreal is the land of taxes. Sometimes this city feels a bit too much like that Beatles song:
"If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet"
Well soon we'll be able to add a lyric about "garbage", because the city of Montreal wants to tax you for that too.
Just last week, the city introduced a new garbage plan where every citizen now had to compost their food scraps. If the city finds out you've been throwing out food in the garbage, you could be looking at a 1000 dollar fine.
But I guess that wasn't good enough because Denis Coderre is now seriously considering charging Montrealers for how much garbage they produce.
No word yet on what the limit per household would be or how much you would get charged for going over the limit.
The city tested this idea in Beaconsfield although individuals who went over the garbage limit were not fined. They just wanted to see if it would encourage people to be more careful, and it did.
Those who participated in the programs produced 30% less waste than everyone else. With results like these, I'm sure it won't take long before the garbage tax becomes a reality everywhere in Montreal.
The only annoying part is that I highly doubt people will just throw out the garbage and wait to get hit with a fine. chances are they will start either throwing garbage out in neighborhood dumpers or public garbage cans.
Or worse, some people might start holding on to their garbage or just tossing garbage bags out on random street corners.
As if that wasn't bad enough, it's not the only new tax in the works.
The Mayor also mentioned he wants to install water meters in every single household and charge those who use too much water.
The only good part about this, is that if you happen to use much less water than expected, the city of Montreal would reimburse you for the water you didn't use.
So at least there's a silver lining.