Posted July 15, 2013
The final edition of the waste management schmooze series in the local daily topped them all. It was a political analysis that headlined on page one as “Waste had its day as election issue.”
The writer heads up to the Mayor’s office for comment of whether the 2014 civic election will see waste management as an issue.
Her Worship opined that the next election in October 2014 “may be one of the first elections in a while where waste management won’t be a service area that’s high on people’s agenda.”
I guess the mayor doesn’t get out much these days.
The cart system has already come under fire from those residents living in condominium properties. These are folks who pay for private collection of their waste because the waste management department of the city refuses to pick up their garbage. Not only they are incensed the city won’t reimburse them as is the case in Waterloo, but Guelph has a bylaw that prevents refunds on any service.
Underneath this protest lies the basic strategy of the city to divert waste from the landfill. Note last year some 54,000 tonnes of waste was sent by Guelph to the landfill that could not be processed either by the organics facility nor the recycling plant.
Now the city general manager of waste, Dean Wyman, complains about a slowdown of recyclables. He might look right in his own backyard. There are thousands of Guelph condo residences that are denied waste pick-up even though they pay for it in their taxes. It is ironic that in the past, various city governments approved building of these homes, not understanding that they are denied pre-sorted waste collection.
The writer knows because he lives in a land condominium project and has been paying for unsorted waste pick-up by a private contractor for ten years.
So Mayor, if you believe you can alienate several thousand voters by denying waste management services, then you are whistling past the graveyard.
This is just the beginning and no matter what the administration says to defend its waste management policies, the problems and protests will grow.
Only Coun. Cam Guthrie expressed some reservations about the issue going to the back of the bus in the next election. He mentions privatization of the waste operation may be an issue and one worth discussing.
How can you claim things are going very well when thousands of households are not being serviced by the city’s waste management operation?
You can’t and it isn’t.