Penetanguishene waste bin complaints keeping staff busy

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Some townsfolk think the new bins are garbage.

During the recent committee of the whole meeting, Coun. Brain Cummings mentioned receiving complaints from Penetanguishene residents about the arrival of solid waste management carts for compost, garbage and recycling, currently being rolled out across Simcoe County.

"Since the new garbage containers have been delivered in town, I've had several people come to me and say 'we have now become a garbage-can city, and there's nowhere to put these containers',” Cummings explained. “And they want to know who they can go to.”

Mayor Doug Leroux noted that he too had received a complaint earlier in the day.

“Places like the Park Ridge,” said Leroux, “they’re up in arms about them; people in apartments.”

CAO Jeff Lees provided contact information for residents later in the meeting.

“With respect to the new solid waste management carts at the county, it’s service@simcoe.ca or the number for Service Simcoe is 1-800-263-3199,” said Lees, adding, “I know our staff are fielding lots of inquiries and doing our best to address them with the information that we have.”

Leroux added that on October 26, following the County of Simcoe council and committee of the whole meeting, “we will be holding a (special council - waste management) workshop at 1 o’clock and I expect it will probably be a long afternoon.”

Meetings of Penetanguishene council are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, and can be watched live on Rogers TV cable 53, or on the Rogers TV website.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca

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