New garbage system does not reduce service

The Editor,

Re. “Was this wrong time to go down to bi-weekly?” (Letters, The Tri-City News, July 18).

To claim that you are being asked to reduce your garbage by 50% is confused and inaccurate.

You are being asked to divide your waste into compostable matter (‘green waste’) and garbage. The green waste is picked up every week and, in fact, the standard-sized bin is enormous, as is the new garbage container. If you are separating your waste as directed, you should have very little garbage and it should certainly fit into the container provided for a bi-weekly pick up.

We also are a family of four and have been composting our vegetable and fruit waste for years and have never had a full garbage can on garbage day. As we near our first garbage pick-up after almost two weeks, our garbage can is not even a third full. That’s because all that is in there is actual garbage — no green waste or recycling.

The city’s information on this has been clear. People need to read the directions and adjust accordingly. There has not been “a reduction of service by 50%.”

The new system should allow you to consume and discard as much as you ever have done but you do need to rethink what you see as garbage.


Trish Matson, Coquitlam



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