Strong support for in-house garbage services

    COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - A new poll
( shows strong
support among residents receiving curbside garbage collection for switching to
city provided garbage and recycling services rather than a private contractor.
    "The poll results clearly demonstrate that citizens want much better
quality solid waste service," said Blair Redlin, National researcher for the
Canadian Union of Public Employees, which commissioned the poll. "They believe
they will get the reliable garbage and recycling services they deserve when
that service is provided directly by the city."
    The survey is consistent with media coverage reporting poor, solid waste
and recycling service in recent years. Reports have cited incidents of garbage
and recycling not being picked up on schedule and, when it is picked up, that
the private contractor often misses bins and leaves trails of garbage
littering neighborhood streets.
    "To make matters worse", Redlin said, "more than half of the residents
experienced problems such as damage to their garbage containers and misplaced
lids or bags."
    The poll found that 2/3 of respondents reported their garbage and
recycling had not been picked up on scheduled days, sometime in the past
12 months. In a particularly alarming result, more than 14 per cent of
respondents reported that they or a member of their household had seen a bear
around the garbage outside their home.
    "The poll underlines what residents have been saying all along: that they
want dependable and accountable services delivered by the city," said Redlin.

    Strategic Communications Inc. conducted the poll of 404 Coquitlam
residents 18 years and over who have outside garbage or recycling collection
at their homes between September 24 - October 6, 2008. The topic of the poll
was Coquitlam garbage and recycling services. A survey of this magnitude
yields results that are considered accurate to within plus or minus 4.9 per
cent, 19 times out of 20.

For further information:

For further information: Murray Bush, CUPE Communications, (604)
291-1940, (778) 554-2234 - cell

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