Port Moody ponders curbside glass pickup

Port Moody is looking at the costs and benefits of curbside glass pick up. - THINKSTOCK
Port Moody is looking at the costs and benefits of curbside glass pick up.
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Port Moody residents frustrated to the breaking point by not being able to put glass in their recycling bins may get some relief if a proposal to establish monthly curbside pickup for breakables goes ahead.

On Tuesday, council ignored a staff recommendation that the city set up depots for people to drop off glass, which is no longer accepted in recycling carts under new Multi-Material BC rules. The city's engineering and park services department has instead been asked for more information on the potential costs and benefits of monthly curbside pickup, at the suggestion of Coun. Gerry Nuttall.

Under the plan, which could cost between $20 and $35 a year per household, glass could be placed into a small recycling box at curbside and collected by city workers.

By signing on to MMBC, PoMo saved $500,000 a year in garbage pickup and Nuttall believes simply passing on the savings without considering the inconvenience of glass disposal was shortsighted.

"My motion is an attempt to correct this situation," he said. "By reinstating curbside glass pickup, our residents will once again have a full-service pickup."

He added that depots for drop-offs could be established as a temporary measure until full pickup can be arranged.

Staff are expected to report back on costs of curbside glass pickup at a future meeting, possibly in July or this fall.


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