The City of St. John’s will not be looking into a bi-weekly garbage collection however, there is support for the idea within council.
The City has deferred further review of bi-weekly garbage collection for a couple of reasons. A lighter collection schedule can’t happen until waste diversion is higher than 50 per cent of the amount going to the landfill or until the City adopts an organic waste collection program.
The issue was raised at council last night during the approval of a public works committee report. Councillors Art Puddister, Wally Collins and Bruce Tilley spoke out against the idea however Councillor Sandy Hickman was more open to exploring it. Hickman says the city has to do more to reduce what’s going into the landfill and make recycling a part of the routine
Hickman says that many people do recycle and take it for granted that everyone does it. Hickman says sometimes residents have space constraints but he feels that any homeowner can take part in recycling. He says it’s no more work, but it saves the city a lot of money, helps the environment and saves Robin Hood Bay landfill from wear and tear.