WEB EXTRA: Alberni trash bylaw will evolve

Trash talk was the order of the day at Tuesday’s Alberni city council meeting.

Trash talk was the order of the day at Tuesday’s city council meeting as councillors discussed revisions to the solid waste collection and disposal bylaw.

The changes are being made to accommodate the use of automated garbage collection, city manager Ken Watson said. But most of the bylaw is the same as it has been for many years, he added. The previous bylaw had to be repealed and a new bylaw approved to make way for the new system, which is slated to begin sometime in November.

Some of the changes include eliminating the $2 tag that people used to be able to purchase to put on an additional can on garbage day. Residents will only be allowed to use the news carts the city will provide for use with the automated arm garbage trucks. Residents were given a choice earlier this year whether they wanted an 80, 120 or 240-litre can, and they will have to make do with what they ordered, he said.

“This bylaw will quite likely evolve,” Watson said.

Coun. Jack McLeman said he is still wary that the city is pushing ahead too fast with the new trucks, which he dubbed “one-armed bandits.”

He also said he wasn’t happy that collection of kitchen waste is not being considered.

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