Council believes current voucher system works fine
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/08/2013 -- The Albury councillor, Darren Cameron's attempt to find a way to resurrect the hard-waste collection within the city has been, by all accounts, soundly rejected.
The councillor could only gain the support of a single colleague, councillor Ross Jackson, in his attempt to bring back the service dumped nearly three years prior.
The policy adopted in early 2010 to discontinue the collection and provide tip vouchers for households will thus remain in effect, despite the councillors arguments.
Cameron pushed for the reintroduction of service and reduction of vouchers to the Albury tip to two.
He stated that the garbage collection was a “fore function” of the council. “It is a service many elderly and disadvantaged people rely on,” Cameron said. He continued by adding, “It is one of the central reasons why we collect rates and one of the priority areas we should be spending money on.”
“It won’t be without expense. But I certainly hope none of my fellow councillors are going to make the argument we can’t afford this service.”
Cameron had been referring to the council bankrolling a good sum of the $3.5 million shortfall to the art gallery project. The option to he intended to push forward would have cost $1.03 million compared to the four-voucher system, which was totaled at $780,000 in all. The cheapest option was to reintroduce waste services and eliminating vouchers, which would cost $470,000.
The council has noted that a home-based collection service that is intended to assist the elderly and disadvantaged or otherwise-handicapped would be better promoted.
Councillor David Thurley supported the current arrangements for waste disposal.
“We have major issues in our community with sustainability,” he said. He then added, “That means recycling, water, energy and to reintroduce a hard waste collection seems to me to be sending entirely the wrong message that it is OK to chuck your rubbish out, someone will take it away and you won’t need to see or deal with it.”
“We are under pressure from state government and EPA to reduce waste. The lifespan of our landfill is not infinite.”
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