Coquitlam is about to get a new private contractor to pick up the trash
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart has had enough and he's not going to take it anymore - at least when it comes to poor trash collection service that is. The Tri-City News is reporting Coquitlam residents were recently polled on the subject of garbage pick-up service from their private contractor and gave it a thumbs down.
That's why Mayor Stewart and his council have signed a new contract with Smithrite Disposal Ltd based in Coquitlam to see if they can do a better job. Here is what Stewart told the Tri-City News:
Coqitlam has suffered for five years and that's going to end. We're going to have a good grasp of the administration of this contract.
The $5.1 million agreement will expire on June 30, 2012 and could be extended until 2015 if both parties agree
There was some talk of bringing the service in-house last November, but Council narrowly voted against that option preferring to stick with private sector option.
Coquitlam resident will also be paying a lot more for their garbage pickup thanks to new fees the City has imposed. The annual fee will skyrocket from $160 to $240 per year by 2010. The City of Vancouver is one of only a handful of cities in the region that has retained public sector garbage collection. Most private collectors are non-unionized, while city garbage collectors are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).