Recycling changes could solve garbage problems
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:58 am
The Town of Okotoks doesn’t need to trash its garbage collection system, but some adjustments are needed to ensure it is meeting residents’ needs. And, recycling should be at the top of the list.
The Town’s waste collection system has continued to evolve since the new garbage carts were introduced in 2012. However, with the Town’s move to not collect excess garbage that doesn’t fit in the bins, it’s apparent there are still problems that need to be addressed.
Town staff won’t collect garbage if the lids on the carts don’t close or if bags are left on top. Simply leaving bags behind isn’t the right answer. This won’t mean people will suddenly stop generating garbage in their homes.
Surveys conducted by the Town showed the size of garbage bins works for the vast majority of Okotoks’ residents. Most people are responsible, but there are some who may find it easier to offload garbage that isn’t collected elsewhere – be it their neighbours bins or rural ditches.
Ideally, people should be recycling as much of their waste as possible. Some people are willing to pay the $9 fee for curbside recycling services, but some won’t.
It’s time town council look at making recycling mandatory for all homes in town. However, it needs to ensure it isn’t making it any more costly than it already is for garbage and recycling in Okotoks.