Some Port Coquitlam residents fear Council's new limits on garbage pickup will bring out the worst in local vermin
It's not often that we take comments from our readers and turn them into posts, but we thought the following note sent to us from a couple of concerned Port Coquitlam residents deserved some special attention. It provides a contrary opinion to our recent post praising PoCo Council for their leadership on reducing waste production by limiting garbage pickup to only once every two weeks. What follows is a copy of letter from Lino & Julie Dalla Gassa.
We have been living in Port Coquitlam for 4 years and became very concerned when we learned that the City of Port Coquitlam will be making drastic changes to their garbage pickup. After reading the articles in The NOW & Tri City Newspaper, I am outraged that a decision of this magnitude would be made without the consultation of the residents.
The changes affect everyone in their everyday lives and therefore should be voted upon by the residents. We selected the city council to look out for our best interest, our community and our property values. That doesn’t include reducing public services and reducing the quality of life in Port Coquitlam.
As a family of four right now our garbage is filled to the top each and every week. Not only that but we find ourselves occasionally borrowing the extra garbage space of empty nesters, once it hits the streets.
We do our best to recycle and we believe in sustainability, but there are other ways to achieve this than reducing existing service. It seems that this decision is being made with the cities bottom line and not with sound reasoning or looking to other municipalities for their guidance and experience.
We understand that the coming legislation will be asking for businesses and public sectors to become carbon neutral and be giving out fines for those who can’t comply or reduce…. Please raise my taxes to cover this…don’t reduce the services that are being provided or put any of the residents health at risk.
I would be curious to know how many councillors have young children in their homes? If so, ask them how they would feel with keeping diapers in their garbage for two weeks. The City of Port Coquitlam is unique in its configuration with being next to the Fraser River and with the Coquitlam River running through it. This on its own can cause rodent and vermin to infest. What do you think will happen when the garbage sits in the bins “cooking” for two weeks (plus extra days for holidays) in the summer?
We have numerous families of raccoons who live nearby not to mention the occasional coyote and bear that passes through. The City of Port Coquitlam also is in a state of flux with younger families moving in. It seems to me that Port Coquitlam council is punishing families and rewarding baby boomers who now have empty nests. We are hoping that other residents will also write in and hopefully question the judgment of the present council making these changes without the consultation of the residents.