Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
Starting next month, Stratford residents will be able to put yard waste out to the curb in reusable containers.
The move – approved by council while sitting as the public works committee at last week’s meeting – will give an alternative to the kraft paper bags currently being accepted.
Councillors have received many complaints from residents regarding the paper bags, with many reporting the bags rip and create a mess when they become wet.
Coun. Karen Smythe said allowing yard waste to be put out in reusable containers is a step in the right direction.
“This will solve a lot of the problems with the kraft bags,” she said, noting additional pick-up days added to the schedule have helped alleviate issues associated with the bags.
The city plans to provide vinyl stickers to residents so yard waste cans can clearly be identified and kept separate from garbage cans.
Staff have pegged the cost of the stickers at $5,000, though engineering and public works director George Bowa anticipated they could be purchased for less.
“We think that cost can come down,” he said.
While details are still to come, it has been suggested each residence be provided with two stickers.
They would be available to the public through the engineering office at City Hall Annex, 82 Erie St.
Coun. George Brown suggested the city look at sourcing yellow cans to be used for yard waste, negating the need for stickers.
Staff are examining the possibility and are expected to report back at a future meeting.