The Village of Telkwa council has voted unanimously to keep recycling pick-up going into 2012.
Councillor Rimas Zitkauskas did request some conditions to that decision, saying he wanted a review in six months time to both see how much garbage has been reduced with recycling, and also to take a look at whether the community can switch from recycling bags to actual containers.
According to the Village’s numbers, the 2012 recycling program will cost $12,729.34. That includes just over $8,400 in the cost of the recycling bags themselves, $3,900 in wages ($30 an hour at five hour shifts), and $416 in operations costs (fuel, use of the truck, etc).
Alfred Reutelsterz, director of public works, said that so far the reduction of garbage to the landfill hasn’t materialized as well as it could have but noted that many people don’t even have the new garbage containers yet.
He cited only a 45 per cent adoption rate so far in the community.
“Long term I think [waste] will go down,” he said. In the future they hope to switch their pick-up days from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Out of the people who do have the new garbage cans, which the Village introduced last October, he said about 80 per cent of people recycle.
People are offered the recycling bags when they pick up their new garbage cart.
There will be 26 recycling pick-up days in Telkwa in 2012, which is every second Tuesday.