County eyes com­post col­lec­tion

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Mile Plains, or rolled out coun­ty­wide.

For 7,500 homes in West Hants, the es­ti­mated cost per house­hold per year would be $53; for just the Fal­mouth growth area, $63; for just the Three Mile Plains growth area, about $76.

Thirty-two or 21-gal­lon green carts could also be con­sid­ered, with the cost dif­fer­ence be­ing, at most, $3 less per year.

“I think hav­ing the whole... ru­ral area grouped in to­gether is prob­a­bly the bet­ter op­tion than go­ing and can­vass­ing dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties,” said Coun. Randy Hussey.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Cathie Os­borne said it’s up to coun­cil to de­ter­mine the best op­tion.

“If you de­cide to go West Hants-wide, then we will need to deal with some of the is­sues that will fol­low from that – from those that ob­vi­ously do not be­lieve they would ever need the ser­vice be­ing asked to pay for the ser­vice,” said Os­borne.

On the flip side, Os­borne said spe­cific ar­eas could be con­sid­ered. In that case, the cost could be ap­plied as an area rate, sim­i­lar to what Hantsport res­i­dents cur­rently pay for or­ganic waste col­lec­tion. Once it’s de­ter­mined which ar­eas — if any — would be cov­ered, the county would send out pub­lic no­tices or hold a pub­lic meet­ing.

“There is no re­quire­ment for them to ask for a vote. The only time a vote is gen­er­ally put in place is when a pe­ti­tion has come for­ward to coun­cil and then coun­cil then goes back out to the larger gen­eral pub­lic and asks for it,” said Os­borne.

But coun­cil­lors said they were con­cerned that they haven’t con­sulted their con­stituents yet — and they wanted pub­lic in­put be­fore pro­ceed­ing.

“I don’t know, with­out do­ing some­thing for­mal, how you would get a good un­der­stand­ing of what the en­tire com­mu­nity as a whole or our en­tire dis­tricts as a whole (feels),” said Coun. Tanya Leopold.

Coun. Jen­nifer Daniels made a mo­tion in­struct­ing staff to or­ga­nize proper con­sul­ta­tions, which passed unan­i­mously.

Os­borne ex­pects to have more de­tails in June. Coun­cil­lors were also in­formed a de­ci­sion was needed by Septem­ber in or­der to in­cor­po­rate it into the new mu­nic­i­pal waste con­tract in 2018.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment banned or­ganic waste and re­cy­clable prod­ucts from land­fills in 1998. As such, all house­holds in West Hants are cur­rently re­quired to back­yard com­post. Re­cy­clable ma­te­rial, like pa­per and plas­tics, is picked up curb­side.

Both Wind­sor and East Hants cur­rently pro­vide res­i­dents with or­ganic waste pick up.

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