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Food fight over Rocky Point forks

Port Moody council wants food vendors operating during the summer concert series to use biodegradable containers. - FILE PHOTO/TRI-CITY NEWS
Port Moody council wants food vendors operating during the summer concert series to use biodegradable containers.
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Port Moody’s summer concert series at Rocky Point Park will have four new guest stars — and they’re bringing food.

Old Country Pierogi, Gourmet Hotties, Hotties Panzerotti and This Little Piggy aren’t the latest musical acts but the food cart vendors approved by council at Tuesday’s meeting.

Staff recommended the four after receiving six applications; the two that didn’t make the cut provided incomplete information.

But Coun. Rick Glumac wasn’t impressed with at least one vendor that didn’t specify whether it uses compostable or biodegradable containers and utensils. “Hottie’s Panzerotti provided no information on their waste stream,” he said, suggesting a motion that would eliminate the vendor from the list.

Coun. Diana Dilworth pointed out there was no specific requirement in the original request for proposals that a vendor provide such utensils, and staff noted Hottie’s offers a small eat-in area, and potentially uses re-usable dishes.

“We’re being a little silly about this,” concluded Coun. Gerry Nuttall. “It’s a short period of time and they are in the Vancouver [food cart] program so they’ve probably been scrutinized very closely... and this is a trial first year.”

Glumac asked that staff request the vendors use compostable utensils if possible, and Mayor Mike Clay added their permit to operate in Rocky Point Park should be revoked if the vendor’s level of garbage output poses a problem for staff.

The carts will be at the park Sundays from July 8 to Aug. 26.

In a related motion, council also approved a compostable waste diversion pilot project for Rocky Point.

The zero-waste recycling stations will also be at Rocky Point during the summer concert series, and will be staffed by volunteers to help direct park users on how to dispose of their waste properly.

 

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