Lacombe waste plans need scrutiny
To the citizens of Lacombe:
After the public consultation process undertaken by the City of Lacombe this summer, the following are the new recommendations made by administration to the council for their consideration:
• That the current mix of receptacle types within the community be maintained, with new subdivisions receiving rollout bins. We understand that this means where there are now back alley dumpsters, those will remain; where there are rollouts, those will remain.
• That council direct administration to implement a curbside blue box recycling program in all residential areas of the city on a weekly pickup schedule.
• That council direct administration to modify the current Wolf Creek Recycle Depot to allow for single stream recycling.
• That council direct administration to restrict the hours of operation at the Wolf Creek Recycle Depot to Monday to Friday, 8: a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• That council direct administration to modify the monthly collection rates for both commercial and residential service to reflect the modified service, by increasing residential collection rates by $2.90 per month and commercial rates by $1.50 per month for biweekly collection and $3 per month for weekly collection.
• That administration conduct a request for proposal process to retain a third party contractor to dispose of material collected from the green bins, that administration purchase an additional 10 green bins per year, for five years, and the cost of these services be funded through a combination of rate increases and reserve transfers. At this time, only grass clippings, leaves and garden waste will be allowed in the green bins.
More detailed information on these recommendations can be found online at lacombe.ca in agenda reports, memos 1,2,3 and 4 of the Sept. 15, 2013, meeting agenda, under Solid Waste Roadmap — Consultation Process.
There are two concerns with these recommendations:
• Blue box recycling program should have pickup in the back alley, where there are alleys. This was piloted in the further public consultation process.
• Wolf Creek Recycle Depot hours need to extend into the evenings and include weekends.
If you agree, or disagree, with these recommendations, Now is the time to let the mayor and council members know your thoughts. It is planned that these recommendations will be voted on by council at the next meeting on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
Let’s be there to see how council votes after a five-month public consultation process, to reflect the wishes of Lacombe residents.