The City of Prince George is rewarding residents who reduce the amount of trash they throw out.

On Monday night, Council decided to dump the $30 fee that was charged to residents wanting to downsize their garbage bins.

The idea was initially brought forward by Mayor Lyn Hall in September.

“What we’re trying to do by getting rid of the fee is to entice people to reduce the size of their containers and therefore reduce the amount of solid waste that they put in them” said Mayor Hall.

Smaller containers also save residents 40-44 dollars per year in garbage collections rates.

Earlier in the night, council heard from the Regional District of Fraser – Fort George about the importance of reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.

“Waste disposal in our region is a multi-billion dollar operation” said Hall. “If we can reduce and divert solid waste at any capacity, it’s a real plus for the city.”

On average the city receives 207 requests each year from residents wanting to change the size of their bins.