SACKVILLE, N.B. – The town of Sackville is exploring the idea of bringing apartments back on board with the recycling program.
During October’s discussion meeting, members of town council said they would like to pursue the issue further and requested staff investigate the possible options and the costs involved in getting tenants and landlords to participate in wet and dry sorting again.
“I like the idea, I’d like to see us look into it further,” said Coun. Bill Evans.
In 2008, during the deliberations for the town’s garbage contract, council voted to eliminate apartment buildings (with more than four units) from the residential garbage contract. This left more than 500 apartment units out of the mandatory garbage separation program, as the landlords were left on their own to seek out their own contractors.
George Woodburn, the town’s public works and engineering director, said the decision by the council five years ago was consistent with what was happening around the region when it came to apartment garbage being picked up by municipalities. But now, there seems to be “a movement afoot to bring those apartments back in,” in an effort to slow down the amount of landfill going to the dump.
Evans said he’d like to see staff pursue the idea of somehow putting the apartments back into the municipal contract because he feels they should be included as residential consumers.
“In my mind, everyone who rents here, they pay taxes too, and deserve the same service as everyone else,” he said.
Sackville’s CAO Phil Handrahan said staff will do further research and bring forward some information to council on this matter – but he pointed out that the review doesn’t mean the town is committing to re-incorporating apartments back into the contract.
This is not the first time, however, this issue has been brought forward for council’s consideration.
The idea to re-integrate these dwellings back into the recycling program has been amongst discussions for the past three years. It was a recommendation made in Sackville’s sustainability plan and was brought to the table a number of times by the town’s sustainable steering committee.
As well, earlier this year, two local residents, who had put together a report on bringing apartments back into the fold, provided council with a report that outlined several options the town could pursue – the town could contract out for apartment pick-ups and either pay the full cost or subsidize it in part with the landlords; add the service back into their current residential contract; or, if the town does not wish to add the extra costs into their budget, they could mandate that any new apartment building to be developed must be on board with the wet/dry recycling program.