Stop the bi-weekly garbage pickup pilot in Okotoks

Stop the bi-weekly garbage pickup pilot in Okotoks

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We, the undersigned, wish to stop the Town of Okotoks from forcing Mountainview and Woodhaven residents to participate in the bi-weekly garbage pickup pilot.

This pilot project is being forced on residents without proper notice or consultation and will burden residents with extra costs and time required to manage household garbage.  The Town has not provided an adequate alternative for diversion of waste  during this pilot project and the $2.50/mo rebate proposed does not even come close to compensating residents for the extra hassle.

While we do understand the Town’s desire to get to an 80% diversion ratio, the current pilot project does not offer residents a valid alternative to dispose of their waste other than investing in town-specific garbage bags at our own expense or making extra trips to the eco centre on our own time and fuel cost. It also does not factor in issues such as waste odours from soiled diapers and attraction of pests due to those odours.

We do not feel that this pilot or the ensuing town-wide policy are wanted by the majority of residents and that any future move in this direction should be an election issue or plebiscite. We call for the immediate cancellation of this pilot project.