It’s not always about the money. That holds true for garbage disposal.
Under the proposed CVRD curbside garbage pickup, rural residents become committed to a government-controlled service going forward.
I would rather pay more, knowing that I can choose who provides the garbage pickup, negotiate the service that works best for our household, and retain control over this basic need.
Currently I can choose the frequency of pickup (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly), halt service altogether when we’re away, and put out extra items if required.
I pay only for the service I actually use. The service is flexible, and I like that we’re supporting a Vancouver Island business.
The CVRD wants to remove our freedom of choice on garbage disposal, and give the garbage contract to BFI, one of the largest solid waste management companies in North America.
Surely we could/should at the very least award this contract to a Vancouver Island company? Again, it’s not always about the money.
And while the $150 annual fee may sound good right now, it comes with strings attached, i.e. one 80-litre container, no green waste. And this price is only guaranteed for three years.
Who knows what increases or changes in service we’ll see after that? And we’ll be tied to whatever comes in future contracts.
Carefully consider the potential impact of government involvement. And make sure your vote counts on Nov. 16.