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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Council Ponders Overnight Trash Collection Problems

Maybe you've been woken up by the crashing and grinding noises in your neighbourhood at night: garbage collection isn't a pretty business but it has to be done sometime.

The city's Kevin Rice explains from their perspective it might make sense to have garbage collection during the day for a several reasons: namely, crews are concerned about the vermin they can't see that are hiding in the trash, getting harassed while they're working, and other nuisances of working in the dark.

As well, Common Councillor Shirley McAlary said the switch would free up crews to fill potholes or plow overnight.

Rice said it wouldn't necessarily save money to make the switch but it might be a smarter allocation of resources. Council voted in 2008 to switch collection to overnight because it was thought unslightly for tourists.