LETTERS: Saving on garbage pick up

n March 21 of this year I submitted a suggestion to you regarding scheduling garbage pick up for every other week.


Mayor Walt Cobb and council:

On March 21 of this year I submitted a suggestion to you regarding scheduling garbage pick up for every other week — i.e. reducing the service and, presumably the cost, by 50 per cent.

This would result in a potential saving in excess of $1 million over a three-year contract.

According to a Finance Committee Update report dated 2016/02/22 the curb-side contract costs $525,000 annually and expires May 2017.

Due to the large size of household garbage receptacles provided (at a fee) by the city, I believe such a reduction in garbage pick up frequency is feasible.

Following my previous submission of this suggestion to council, I received a response from a functionary at city hall advising me that my suggestion had been forwarded to a city employee at Public Works Department for evaluation.

In response to Coun. Ivan Bonnell’s recent suggestion for residents to “get their teeth into” the budget discussions, I reiterate my suggestion for garbage schedule amendment and request the result of the evaluation by city employees at Public Works Department.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

John Pickford

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Williams Lake tribute to health care workers ‘fantastic’: deputy fire chief

About 37 emergency vehicles participated in a drive-by Saturday evening

‘Community is amazing’: Williams Lake woman organizes drive-by birthdays

With self-isolation the norm due to COVID-19 children are missing out

Much of the Cariboo under open fire ban due to COVID-19

‘No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires’

‘Big appreciation sound-off’ planned to honour Williams Lake health care providers

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. going through the Cariboo Memorial Hospital parking lot

COVID-19: Triage tent going up outside of Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Patients will be met outside of the hospital

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Most Read