June 18th, 2024

City switches back to rear cart pickup for some residences

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on November 9, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

Lethbridge city council on Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote a motion to move more than 1,700 city residents to back lane cart pickup.

Councillors Jeff Carlson and Belinda Crowson voted against the motion.

The recommendation was made to council by its Economic Standing Policy Committee on Oct. 19 that the City implement a targeted return to lane collection for 1,702 residents that addresses common concerns.

A report presented to that SPC meeting stated relocation of carts from the back lane to the front of homes allowed the Waste and Recycling department to save on collection costs including staff and equipment hours while reducing the financial liability for such things as snow and ice control in lanes.

It also decreased the number of lanes that were subject to premature degradation because of the weekly use by heavy equipment. The report said lane collection is generally less efficient than front pick-up.

Speaking against the motion, Crowson said council needs to make some changes now or make more later because of the impact of climate change.

She said cart relocation from back lanes to front was going to save the City money and be more efficient.

Mayor Blaine Hyggen said community feedback shows the move back is what members of the community wanted.

Administration is to report back to council with outcomes of the resolution by December of 2024.

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