Concern Over Ending Commercial Garbage Pick Up
Prince George, B.C. – Earlier this week, the City of Prince George announced it will stop picking up garbage from commercial operations effective September 3rd. That is not sitting well with some soon to be former customers and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
“The commercial operations I have spoken with are not incredibly happy with the announcement” says Chamber of Commerce CEO Christie Ray. She says the businesses tell her the move will cause an inconvenience, and they are unhappy with the way the decision was made “They would have appreciated some consultation.”
Ray says many of the businesses are small and don’t produce that much garbage, so it’s not practical to hire a private waste disposal company and have a “bin” placed on their property. She says any cost savings from no longer having to pay the City for the service, would be more than eaten up by having to hire a private company “The costs are fairly significantly higher for hiring a private waste hauler” and adds “Every added cost makes a big difference to a small business so certainly that’s something to consider.”
The City says it is making the move so it can direct its efforts to dealing with illegal dumping sites, discarded hypodermic needles and litter.
There are about 200 commercial garbage accounts in the City, and Manager of Solid Waste and Parks, Sean Le Brun, says the twice a week pick up is “time-consuming with collection vehicles traveling more than 100 kilometres a day.”
Although the City expects to lose $60 thousand a year through lost fees, it says that will be offset somewhat ( $15 thousand) by reduced tipping fees and equipment costs.
Ray says the Chamber is still mulling over whether it will lobby the City on behalf of those businesses “We weren’t aware of this issue beforehand, we found out just like everybody else, it’s undecided yet on how the Chamber will approach this issue.”