Saint-Lazare returning to weekly garbage pick-up next month
Decision responds to ‘number-one complaint’
Saint-Lazare’s town council gave residents an early holiday gift with its decision to return to weekly garbage pick-up next month rather than bi-weekly winter collections that have been the norm for the past four years.
Mayor Robert Grimaudo and a newly elected council, which only included one returning councillor, decided to resume weekly pick-ups from October through May based on feedback each candidate received while campaigning door to door leading up to the Nov. 3 municipal election.
“They all said it was the number-one issue that received the most complaints by far,” Geneviève Hamel, Saint-Lazare Director of Communications, said.
And though the weekly pick-ups, which will start on Thursday, Jan. 2 since the first Wednesday of the month will fall on New Year’s Day, should be welcome news to residents, they won’t last forever.
Hamel says the move is a temporary one that will be rethought once the MRC implements a regional compost pick-up program sometime in 2014-2015.
“We’re not sure when they will get it going, or if they’re going to start with a pilot program,” Hamel said, adding, as weekly compostable collections become the norm, the town will phase out weekly household waste collections again.
When it went to the bi-weekly pick-up in Jan. 2009, Saint-Lazare did so as part of a plan to reduce to zero any organic materials sent to landfills by 2020, as required by the Québec Policy on Residual Materials.
Town numbers show that while SaintLazare residents are reducing the amount of garbage disposed of each year, they are still above provincial averages.
In 2012 each Saint-Lazare resident reduced their annual garbage output to 299 kg. from 450 kg.
The average Quebecer, by comparison, threw away an average 250 kg. of garbage in 2012.
The first weekly garbage pick-up in Saint-Lazare will take place on Jan. 2, after which waste will be collected each Wednesday.
And residents can use the first Wednesday of the month to not only dispose of bulky items such as appliances, furniture, hot water tanks, and more, but the new rules also allow for the use of a second 240 or 360-litre bin the first collection of each month. Questions or comments about the changes can be made to the town’s urban planning and infrastructure department at 450 424-8000, extension 250.