Mayor Philippe Du­til Ville de Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Dear Mr. Mayor:

I am writ­ing this let­ter to bring to your at­ten­tion a prob­lem with the clean-up of leaves. Now that cit­i­zens are re­quired to pack­age leaves in pa­per bags this presents a real stor­age prob­lem. I re­al­ize that pa­per is now deemed bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment than plas­tic and I agree with us­ing pa­per ver­sus plas­tic. As of this date, there are 27 pa­per bags of leaves in our garage and we an­tic­i­pate there will be at least that many more be­fore the of­fi­cial pick-up date in Novem­ber. For us, this means we may have to leave our car out­side in or­der to pro­vide safe stor­age for the leaves or find some other way of get­ting rid of the leaves since we are not per­mit­ted to put leaves out for col­lec­tion be­fore Novem­ber col­lec­tion date set by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We are not alone with this prob­lem. As I see it, there are two pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to this prob­lem: As of now, the mu­nic­i­pal com­post col­lec­tors will not take leaves in bags, but do take them in the com­post bins, Why not al­low cit­i­zens to put out their leaves in pa­per bags on com­post col­lec­tion days dur­ing the leaf­falling sea­son? To re­lieve the leaf stor­age prob­lem for cit­i­zens, have two leaf col­lec­tion days. One in midOc­to­ber and the other at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber. I re­al­ize this may be an ex­tra cost to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, but the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has im­posed an ex­tra cost to cit­i­zens by hav­ing to pur­chase pa­per bags plus the in­con­ve­nience caused be­cause the bags can­not be ex­posed to mois­ture. In other words, Mr. Mayor, some­thing needs to be done to ac­com­plish a clean en­vi­ron­ment for Stanstead at this time of year, with­out putting un­due strain on its cit­i­zens. Re­spect­fully yours,

Jean Har­ris


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