Rarely has garbage been more hotly debated at the Brandon City Council table as last night’s solid waste collection plan for multi-family properties.
After more than 90 minutes of debate, councillors approved the plan to phase out city collection of waste and recyclables at residential complexes with seven or more units in favour of private sector garbage collection.
The motion passed by an 8-2-1 margin with Coun. Stephen Montague (Richmond) and Coun. Garth Rice (South Centre) voting against the measure.
Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) abstained from voting.
Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, and councillors Corey Roberts (Rosser), Jeff Harwood (University), Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes), Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres), Len Isleifson (Riverview), Murray Blight (Victoria) and Jim McCrae (Meadows) supported the motion.
Private sector garbage collection will now be phased in over a five-year period and the city will put to the public a request for proposals to private firms to handle refuse collection to these complexes.
The approval of the motion also means the city will share the costs for private garbage collection for those complexes with the property owners during the transition period.
More details from that debate will be available in Wednesday’s Brandon Sun.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2012