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City Council discusses solid waste collection

Residential solid waste collection may be the city’s concern if Council decides not to renew its tender in August.

City Council weighed the pros and cons on Monday night and decided there was not enough information to make an informed decision right away.

Councillor Lori Ackerman says she thinks the city will save money if it embarks on the project. [asset|aid=990|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72f6688f0060b5592725a7f89cd1344a-Ackerman 1_1_Pub.mp3]

However, Councillor Christensen chimed in with his concerns. [asset|aid=991|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72f6688f0060b5592725a7f89cd1344a-Christensen 1_1_Pub.mp3]

Christensen was concerned about recycling initiatives and how residential units, who would require a dumpster, would contract the work out privately.

Director of Infrastructure and Public Works Victor Shopland says Li-Car Management and Sterling Management are in favor of the idea. [asset|aid=992|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72f6688f0060b5592725a7f89cd1344a-shopland 1_1_Pub.mp3]

City Council is looking at a couple of options, like carts and garbage cans, and is factoring in raven and wind issues.

One option presented was a truck that picks the bins up on the curb, dumps its contents in the truck, and places the bin back where it was lifted. Council noted there would be problems with the system, like cars parked along the road or bins not placed within reach.

Council didn’t make a final decision on the project, and tabled it until further research and information is available.

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