Saint-La­zare re­tur­ning to week­ly gar­bage pick-up next month

De­ci­sion re­sponds to ‘num­ber-one com­plaint’

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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.

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