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Organics recycling an authoritarian move


  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 10:43 am

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Re: “City did due diligence with organics recycling,” Feb. 20

Dear Editor,

As the present now stands it indicates the false assumption that one fits all. This does recognize the way Airdrie originated, grew and developed from village to town to city, expanded and continues to expand. This occurred sort of in segments with probable different views and perspectives.

Not recognizing the above suggests council and administration did not perform due diligence before drafting and passing the current bylaw. It has been stated the public did not properly inform themselves.

How can they if council and administration are not properly informed?

This bylaw affects all households; assume with a population of nearly 50,000, there are four occupants per house, we have 12,000 houses. A proper examination of the bylaw should involve at least 6,000 households including opt in and opt out provisions.

There should also be a thorough study concerning involvement of private companies in operation including terms and costs.

All results must be properly tabulated, documented and made publicly available.

Failure to do so would be dereliction of duty.

Implementing this bylaw as planner with arbitrary fines and/or penalties demonstrates authoritarian as opposed to democratic action.

G.W. Reynolds, Airdrie

Editor’s Note: The topic of organics recycling was included in the 2012 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, which was taken by 400 residents.


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