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Airdrie resident not sure how she missed important information


  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm

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Re: “Who’s responsible for informing residents? Editorial Jan. 16

Dear Editor,

I really appreciated your editorial, and it hits home on this one. It appears that I was missing out on the information that was going to hit me not only in the pocketbook, but also in my organic supply for my own compost pile.

I do try to keep up with ‘stuff’ that is happening, and I certainly try to read the ‘local’ newspapers, and the City of Airdrie’s newsletter that comes right into my email to keep up with the issues of the City. And I know I heard about the organics pilot project that was happening in the Canals, but I really never gave much thought to the effect that it would have on me.

Until it was passed by City council and Mr. Hunter was the only one that voted against it.

It was in the article in the newspaper where it mentioned that each household would be given bins and bags and a cost increase to take care of the organics. And until I started to search out and read the report to council to find out what ‘organics’ really meant (I am confused on what food waste is though), that’s when I thought, “Yikes, I am going to be charged for a program that I don’t want to be involved in because my pails and bins at the curbside are going to be empty because I do my own composting.

So at this point, I compost my next door neighbours’, grass clippings and leaves and my own household compostable stuff (peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds etc) and therefore have several piles and bins decomposing around my yard. So, we rarely have one bag of garbage each week, and so do I get a discount for that?

I really am not sure how I didn’t realize the ramifications of this new bylaw and how I would be affected, until now.

I know that I get frustrated at folks that don’t seem to know what’s happening, but now I see how quickly I can fall behind on the City system. I wish I could offer a solution. I guess in this instance, I would just hope that the City hasn’t ordered all those bins and kitchen pails, and liner bags, and that this organics collection can somehow be clarified.

Phyllis McCallum-Hunter,



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