Thursday, October 15, 2009

One wonders if Mayor Mussallem ran into Mayor Moore at UBCM!

Prince Rupert residents, already working with a rotating garbage system which can leave you holding the bag (stinky as it is) for an extra day after every long weekend, may wish to keep an eye on a plan set to begin in Port Coquitlam.

That BC community is making preparations to move to a two week pick up schedule, putting a greater emphasis on composting and recycling, but limiting the amount of times you see your local garbage collector to twice a month.

The move which will see household refuse such as kitchen scraps and other like items placed in green carts, not to be confused with the regular garbage collection or other recycling programs in place. It's part of the City of Port Coquitlam's goal of diverting 70% of waste diversion away from landfills by 2015, Port Coquitlam's initiative could reach that target by 2010.

The landfill issue in the Lower Mainland is a growing concern with space running out and other options still to be determined as to what to do with all of the garbage that comes out of the Greater Vancouver area.

Along the way to smarter garbage collection,it is also expected to reduce the city's waste disposal fees by as much as 45,000 dollars.

A solid achievement in solid waste, but one wonders how much patience residents of Port Coquitlam will have with the smell of their garbage lingering for an extra week in their garages.

It will be interesting to see if this is one initiative that our local officials picked up on during their recent stay at the UBCM meetings in Vancouver last month, even more interesting would be to see the reaction of local residents here, if such a plan was ever floated as a trial balloon.

Tri City News-- Port Coquitlam's kitchen scrap plan to expand
News 1130-- PoCo trash pickup every two weeks starting in 2010
Hope Standard-- Composting food waste pickup trial starts

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