Salmon Arm councillor Chad Eliason will no longer have to worry about putting his garbage out the night before collection.
Council gave third reading to a bylaw amending the city’s Collection and Disposal of Solid Waste and Recycling Bylaw that allows curbside program participants to place collection bags and containers out after 8 p.m. on the evening prior to pick-up.
This is something Eliason admits he’s already been doing, despite the current bylaw which requires garbage and recycling be placed out for pick-up before 7 the morning of collection.
“I led by example on this one I think, since the original bylaw was passed,” said Eliason. “I do it as a public service to remind my neighbours that tomorrow morning they have to have it out by 7, so I fully support this.”
The amendment does come with a provision that gives city staff the ability to require placement of bags and containers after 5:30 a.m. on designated collection days if scavenging by wildlife becomes an issue.
Coun. Kevin Flynn, who has also confessed to putting his garbage out the evening prior, called the amendment a perfect compromise, while Coun. Alan Harrrison suggested the change might actually result in an increase in both recycling and waste making its way to the curb.