North Perth council continues to move forward with an automated waste collection program, but the project may differ from what was originally planned.
The recommendation from the Committee of the Whole to proceed with an automated collection program from Bluewater Recycling Association came forward at the Oct. 24 meeting for council approval, when discussion arose over the suggested option. Coun. Ken Buchanan said the municipality originally explained the system would be based on user pay similar to bag tags, but BRA has since stated that monitoring wouldn’t be reliable enough for billing. Buchanan said it’s unfair for residents to be charged unfairly for a waste collection service when they may not be generating as much garbage as someone else.
“It’s just not reasonable to do it the way it’s set up right now,” Buchanan said.
CEO Kriss Snell said that every service offered by municipality isn’t used by 100 per cent of the citizens in North Perth, with a portion of many services placed on the tax base.
“Having curbside pick-up available or landfills available costs money, whether people use it or not,” Snell said. “Think of waste no different than arenas, libraries or roads.”
Snell said the third option selected by council allowed people to opt out if they didn’t want to receive automated waste collection, saving some money in the process. The option would have also included a portion on the general tax levy whether waste collection was received or not.... Please read more in this weeks Listowel Banner