Garbage and Recycling
City may finally allow plastic bags in the green bin
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased that the City is finally addressing the inherent problems with the Green Bin Program. The Green Bin Program could expand under a revised contract with Orgaworld Canada Ltd.
Blais voted against the move the bi-weekly garbage collection in 2011 because of the problems with the green bin contract and the reduction in core city services.
In 1916, more than half a million Canadian men had enlisted in the Great War, Ottawans were being stalked by the impending Spanish Flu and tragically, Centre Block was destroyed by fire.
However, it has been said that a significant corner was turned in Ottawa during this year that would benefit all residents and would become a core service: the beginning of garbage collection. Prior to this, many less affluent residents had no choice but to discard their refuse into the street.
Council votes 18-4 in favour of change
The $400,000, year-long communications campaign to convince residents to use their green bins more begins today after city council voted in 18-4 in favour Wednesday of the waste service changes that include bi-weekly pickup or garbage.
Council is giving residents an extra summer of weekly garbage pickup before the service is cut in half in November 2012.
The changes to garbage collection sailed through council Wednesday on an 18-4 vote. Councillors Stephen Blais, Allan Hubley, Bob Monette and Doug Thompson opposed the changes, which will increase green bin collection to every week, year-round.
The major policy shift never seemed in danger of being voted down. Mayor Jim Watson supported the plan and Coun. Maria McRae, chairwoman of the environment committee, has been selling the changes to her colleagues and residents across the city.
Fewer than half in favour of plan after public consultations
Despite public consultations that indicated more than half of respondents are against biweekly pickup of curbside garbage, that is exactly the policy city staff is recommending.
From late last year to early February, the city carried out "extensive public consultations," including a random telephone survey of 2,003 residents, to get feedback on various service options that staff was considering.
Plan seeks to win over naysayers
A city plan to pick up garbage every two weeks, while increasing green-bin pickup to every week, will save taxpayers $9 million annually for six years, according to a report to be released today.
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais together with Orléans Councillor Bob Monette presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the students of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Elementary School in Orléans for participating in the Green Bin Program.
“Waste diversion is important and fiscally responsible for our City. By incorporating our schools into the Green Bin Program, we hope to improve our diversion rates and educate the youth of the value of using the Green bin,” says Councillor Blais.
Residents debate reduced garbage collection at info session
For the man who used only six bags for garbage in 2010, the idea to reduce trash pickup to once every two weeks is a no-brainer.
Mark Johnson admitted there might still be some diehards who like to stuff all they can into their garbage, but at an information session Thursday night at the Walter Baker Recreation Centre in Nepean he said recycling and the green bin program simply make sense.
If our tax rates haven't decreased, our rate of garbage collection shouldn't either.
Right now, the city is engaged in a waste review process where they are considering various options for altering the rate and format of waste collection. One of the options is to reduce garbage collection from every week to every second week. This is a bad idea and we fully oppose it.
Three east-end councillors are slamming a proposal to reduce the frequency of garbage pickup.
In a joint-statement sent out Friday, the councillors say the city's idea to move to biweekly collection is "flawed" and they vowed to prevent it from becoming policy. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais, Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney and Orleans Coun. Bob Monette say service will be reduced when taxpayers are looking for value for their money.
Councillors unite against service cut
With less than a week to go before the first public consultation on possible changes to the city's garbage and recycling pickup schedule, three east-end councillors have already declared war on any proposal to collect regular garbage less often.
East end city Councillors Blais, Monette and Tierney all vowed to prevent yet another flawed garbage plan currently being proposed by City staff to become a reality for the taxpayers of Ottawa.
“The residents of the east end and across Ottawa were very clear last October - they want value for the taxes they send to City Hall”, said Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais. “This plan to reduce the frequency of garbage pick-up is not what voters sent us to City Hall to accomplish.”