Mayor defends public waste system

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PARRSBORO The town may be switching to a system of public waste collection, but that has nothing to do with the level of service provided by the present private operators, according to Parrsboro Mayor Doug Robinson.

The operators involved have done an excellent job providing this service, said Robinson. The problem lies with the voluntary nature of any private enterprise where everyone is not required to participate. This causes certain and obvious inefficiencies in the system.

The mayors comments come in response to recent comments being made by local residents on the issue. In particular, Alex Matthews, son of current private collector Gregg Matthews, started an internet discussion group on www.facebook.com criticizing the town for its decision to put the service up for tender.

PARRSBORO The town may be switching to a system of public waste collection, but that has nothing to do with the level of service provided by the present private operators, according to Parrsboro Mayor Doug Robinson.

The operators involved have done an excellent job providing this service, said Robinson. The problem lies with the voluntary nature of any private enterprise where everyone is not required to participate. This causes certain and obvious inefficiencies in the system.

The mayors comments come in response to recent comments being made by local residents on the issue. In particular, Alex Matthews, son of current private collector Gregg Matthews, started an internet discussion group on www.facebook.com criticizing the town for its decision to put the service up for tender.

He is lobbying for the town to allow Matthews to keep the garbage business, and has rallied supporting comments from many other townspeople.

Most of the comments praised Matthews for his quality service over the years, and some even recommended the current mayor and council need to be replaced.

Switching to a public collection system is necessary for two main reasons, according to Robinson, who cited two main issues being addressed by council the amount of garbage being illegally dumped on side roads and back fields, and the stockpiling of garbage on and around properties.

A public system would eliminate these problems because the service would be paid for on the tax rate, therefore residents would not have to pay the collector directly, according to Robinson.

The tendering process is a requirement when a municipality enters into a contractual situation, he explained.

The mayor reminded that council meets every month, and that he and the councillor are always available to discuss any issue with the public.

He urged those wishing to join in such debates to not make their comments in the dark.

We do appreciate hearing your concerns but please remember the discussion must be balanced and not one-sided, said Robinson. It must address all issues to reach a reasonable compromise.

Council passed the first reading of the amended solid waste bylaw at its April 24 meeting. The tender is now open until May 14.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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