Let’s talk about garbage

Any 2014 candidates willing to take on garbage pick-up for Maple Ridge now that we’re a city?

Editor, The News:

Re: Garbage in city parks (Letters, Sept. 12).

Fellow citizens, did you know that as of Jan. 1, 2015, all organic materials are banned from landfills?

If you are like us, your home already has private garbage pickup once a week, for which our home pays a little over $200 per year.

I called my waste solutions provider to find out what the plan for January 2015 will be, and was told that pick-up will continue to be once a week, and that I would need to add an organic waste pick-up, which costs the same as regular garbage pick up.

Yes, you guessed it, doubling my fees for garbage collection.

Some of you are thinking, well why not compost?

We tried that and had problems with raccoons and other critters.

You may also ask, why not bring your own garbage down to the transfer station?

Well, we don’t really have the time, or appropriate vehicle.

I have asked the city why there is no municipal pick-up in Maple Ridge, unlike other city’s all around us.

The answer is that it would cost taxpayers more than I am currently paying now.

Really?

Looks like I will be paying double to my waste solutions provider come 2015.

Any election candidates willing to take on garbage pick-up for Maple Ridge now that we’re a city?

Ruth Belson

Maple Ridge