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Local municipalities have come to a waste collection agreement

Posted on October 29, 2019 by 40 Mile Commentator

Justin Seward

Town of Bow Island council passed the waste collection service agreement at their recent council meeting which will see the town pick up the garbage in Foremost, Winnifred and Burdett.
Conditions of the agreement includes the town picking up solid waste in Burdett every Saturday for the term of this agreement while all residences and commercial locations will receive one pick up unless the county requests additional pick ups.
Winnifred will get their trash collected every Thursday.
If there is inclement weather, the town will provide pickup service in Burdett on the Monday and Winnifred on the Saturday.
The Village of Foremost will get waste pick up on Wednesdays and if there is inclement weather than pick up will be on Fridays.
The County of Forty Mile and Foremost will have to provide waste receptacles that are compatible with town’s collection system.
The waste receptacles must be placed in the street in an easily accessible location for collection and must not exceed the manufacturer’s rated weight limit, not be filled higher than the upper rim or in a manner which prevents full closure of the lid, not having its contents compresses in such a manner that it inhibits the waste from falling freely from the receptacle during the tipping process, not contain anything that is more than four feet long.
Additionally the bin can not contain any hazardous waste, a tire, automotive parts or used motor and cooking oil, metal pipes, tubing or any large appliances or plumbing fixtures and no animal carcasses.
“I think it’s a great example of a collaboration opportunity,” said Bow Island Mayor Gordon Reynolds.
“We’ve got a system in place and a vehicle in place to deal with this. We’ve been doing this for several years with the county hauling the Burdett garbage. I think it’s of benefit to all people involved. We’re working on Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks and that’s a classic component to that.”
Reynolds says when the town started the service to Burdett, they had a little old garbage truck that came from Bow Island and with their limited resources, Bow Island has the capacity.
“We tried it out and it seemed to work all right and for the most it’s gone OK. There are always glitches and there’s always a break down … I think as time goes on we’ll look for other opportunities with other equipment. That’s apart of the whole collaboration discussion that’s going on.”
The Village of Foremost council approved the agreement last month.
“I’m sure here in Foremost we’re going to have some growing pains with our public with the way of collection but we’ll get it figured out and everybody I’m sure will be happier down the road ,” said Foremost Mayor Lorne Buis.
“We were at the point where our garbage truck was going to need to be replaced. Our garbage went to Bow Island’s landfill at some point anyway. We’re just bypassing hauling it out here and hauling to Bow Island.”
Foremost had its own garbage truck before and hauled the trash down to the South Forty Mile Landfill and back up to the North Forty Mile location near Bow Island.
“It should limit the trips that trailer needs to leave Foremost with garbage on it going to Bow Island,” said Buis.
“The only difference for the residence of Foremost is now they’re going to have to have their bin out on the front street on the morning of garbage pick up.”
The County of Forty Mile could not be reached for comment on the agreement.The town agrees to transport all solid waste to the North Forty Mile Landfill while the County and village agree to pay all tipping fees to the North Forty Mile Landfill.
The town will invoice the village and county $140 per hour for the remainder of 2019 and 2020 and there will be a two per cent inflationary increase in 2021, increasing the fee to $142.80 per hour.
The start date for the service still has to be worked out.
Bins have been ordered by the county for Winnifred and Foremost bins are expected to come within weeks.

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