By Letter to the Editor on December 23, 2019.
The Waste and Recycling Team recently forced 600-plus Uplands/north areas into curbside garbage and recycle pickup, and I think it “stinks.” 311 says this change is not seasonal, it is a permanent “operational” decision, and that 95 per cent of our city will be converted to curbside garbage pickup in the next year or two.
Their “safety” reasons given include weather conditions, parking issues and other objects in alleys make lanes dangerous or impassable, that heavy garbage trucks can damage alleys and front collection gets tubs moved back onto their own property. Weather affects the streets and the alleys; neither get plowed so what’s the difference?
Tubs do not withstand our strong winds so there will be more incidents of garbage spewing out/blowing down our front streets. Parking or other objects in alleys is against bylaws so get violators towed or ticketed. If heavy trucks cause damage to the alleys then fix them. Curb collection may get more tubs moved back, but if any are left out (front or back) against bylaws, have violators ticketed.
Their “efficiency” reasons given include faster collection, less backing up/turning around, less navigation in tight areas and ensures all the garbage in a week gets collected. Is there a problem with getting all garbage collected? If so, buy more trucks. The trucks seem to be able to make “good time” in the alleys and will still have to navigate tight areas, back up or turn around. Some streets have no room to add a tub, with a 1.5-metre space around it.
A paved alley was an asset when purchasing our Uplands home. Curb collection makes neighbourhoods look “trashy.” I will not be continuing recycle efforts and will now only wrestle our black tub to/from our back yard every two weeks. Back alleys are where garbage collection is intended to be and where it should remain, period.