Alberni’s new garbage bylaw now on the books.

The city's new garbage bylaw has been talked about and now it's official.

The city’s new garbage bylaw has been talked about and now it’s official.

City council adopted the new bylaw at their meeting on Monday night.

In essence, city garbage collectors will no longer pick up garbage from residential 120-litre cans, nor will they pick up loose garbage bags outside the can.

Instead, collectors will pick up garbage from only two 80 litre cans on a bi-weekly basis.

Additional garbage above that can be placed in a separate 80-litre can if it has a city-issued sticker on it.

They bylaw takes full force and effect on April 4.

There will be a public education campaign about how to comply with the new byalw in the three months leading up to then.

In response to a question about the availability of 80-litre cans with wheels Cicon said there are retailers in town who carry them.

The byalw was spawned by overuse injuries to city garbage workers last year.

A subsequent WorkSafe B.C. report was critical of city garbage pick up procedures prompted the city to move quickly to address the issues it raised.

The idea of weekly garbage pickup is still being floated in the community, and the matter is also set to be part of the upcoming city budget discussions.

“This (new bylaw) just seems to me to be a little premature,”:Coun. Jack McLeman said.

The city may opt to go with a garbage truck outfitted with a mechanical pickup arm which required a special garbage can.

If that’s the case, then were will that leave residents who bought two 80-litre garbage cans that can’t be used with them, Coun. Cindy Solda asked.

In response to the questions, city engineer Guy Cicon said that immediacy is required because of the overuse injuries.

“It will be some time before we can implement it,” Cicon said of a mechanical arm truck.

“That’s time we can’t spare with the garbage collectors.”

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