Not enough information to fill out recycling changes survey

I’ve heard two rumours regarding the waste removal survey that people should know are false.

Re: Waste collection survey

I’ve heard two rumours regarding the waste removal survey that people should know are false. Unfortunately, when faced with a lack of information, people tend to fill the void with what they hear.

The first rumour is that the CVRD will contract out the expanded services, if implemented, to local businesses such as PAN Disposal, who happen to be the company serving Mill Bay. While this sounds good, a quick call to PAN and the owner Andrea Davis proves that nothing could be further from the truth. She told me there has been no communication with her company about the survey or the overall plan; and having the CVRD collect the waste could result in the loss of employment for six families.

The second rumour is that the rates shown on the survey card appear low because Multi-Materials BC is providing significant funding to the CVRD to subsidize expanded collection. Another quick review, this time of the CVRD’s own website, shows that the funding is just $34 per household per year (about a week’s worth of lattes). Perhaps that is not even enough to cover the cost of the additional totes the CVRD says households will get free for additional services. No large subsidies or funding. Another rumour killed.

Personally, I don’t feel comfortable that I know all the information. Therefore, it is difficult to believe the information placed in front of me, such as the annual costs and how they were calculated, let alone the rumours. So how can I, or anyone, provide an honest survey response?

 

Peter Morris

Mill Bay