Garbage and Recycling

Councillors rip garbage plan

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.

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.

"This plan to reduce the frequency of garbage pickup is not what voters sent us to City Hall to accomplish," Blais said.

Monette said garbage collection and recycling are core services. "I will never be a party to asking residents to pay more and deliver less value to them," Monette said.

Tierney encouraged residents to attend the upcoming open houses on the trash proposal. "Residents across Ottawa should make their voices heard by phone, e-mail or at the consultations taking place," Tierney said.

Making garbage collection biweekly is only one proposal.

Another idea is to have one box for recycling and collect it every week in the urban area and monthly in the rural area. There is also a proposal to have green bin pickup every week year-round.

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