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Green bin program is a huge success


  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 11:08 am

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We are glad to see the Cityís organics pick-up program showing early signs of success. (See story on page 1).

Through council meetings, open houses and countless letters to the editor, we have heard concerns from a number of residents about the cost of the service and green organics bins, the smell, where to store them, whether they will attract animals and more.

However, it seems residents are starting to get into a routine and realize the benefits of diverting organic waste away from the landfills.

A 25 per cent decrease in the cityís waste for the month of May is nothing to scoff at and that number is expected to climb as residents recycle more yard waste in the summer months.

Many of the naysayers were those who already compost their own organic waste in their backyards and were upset about having to pay for a service they donít use and we expect those are some of the 100 households the City says have chosen not to take part in the program.

We encourage them to give the City-run program a try.

It is easy-to-use, convenient and could save some space in your backyard. Not to mention that you have to pay for it anyway so you might as well get some use out of it.

What do you think? Now that the Cityís organics pick-up program has been in place for a few months, do you think it was/is a good idea? Let us know at


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