City of Vancouver dumpster removal plan should be scrapped

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The Independent Waste Haulers' Association is
calling on the City of Vancouver to scrap their proposal to eliminate
dumpsters from lanes and alleys around the city. The extremely flawed and
arbitrary plan - "Alternative Commercial Solid Waste Management Services" - is
slated to go before Vancouver City Council's Standing Committee on Planning
and the Environment today at 2 p.m. PST.
    "The plan being put forth by the City is seriously flawed and will in
fact result in a messier city, increased traffic congestion, greater vehicle
emissions and significantly higher costs to business - up to six times more
expensive," said Ralph McRae speaking on behalf of the association. "We all
share the goal of a clean and beautiful city, but this proposal is naive in
the extreme and has been developed without any input or consultation from the
businesses that are responsible for collecting the garbage. We are asking the
city to shelve this plan immediately and consult openly and transparently with
all involved to identify what problem we are trying to fix and what solution
makes sense."
    "If this proposal goes forward, you will see more garbage on the streets,
not less; and more costs to businesses, not less," said McRae. "In addition,
the comparisons with programs in other cities is simply apples and
oranges - Seattle runs a monopoly collection system with no deposit or return
legislation, and as a result an absence of "binning"; Kelowna's limited system
does not have to deal with the socio-economic circumstances we have on so many
of the streets and alleys of Vancouver; and Toronto's model is a voluntary
program limited to organics and recyclables and collected by the city not
private collectors.
    "This proposal should be scrapped before it's too late and before we have
a real mess on our hands," said McRae.

    About the Independent Waste: The IWHA was recently formed in response to
the City of Vancouver's proposal to remove dumpsters from public lanes and
alleys. The association is comprised of the six privately owned, local,
independent waste collection firms with contracts and services to businesses
in Vancouver.

    Mr. Ralph McRae, on behalf of the association, will be speaking at the
Vancouver City Council's Standing Committee on Planning and the Environment
meeting starting today at 2 p.m. PST in Council Chambers.

For further information:

For further information: Ralph McRae, Independent Waste Haulers'
Association, (604) 250-2232; To receive a copy of the IWHA presentation to
Council, please contact: Shawn Thomas, (604) 612-5225

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