Perry Township transfer station wait times short in comparison to southern landfills

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Sometimes in life, you just have to wait a little bit, said Perry Township’s mayor, Norm Hofstetter, when the topic of the transfer/recycling station wait times came up at the Jan. 20 council meeting.

According to Hofsetter, he had to bring items to the Waterloo Regional Landfill for a personal matter and said that while getting into the landfill was quick, getting out took 45 minutes.

The topic of transfer station waiting times came up on the agenda as Coun. Joe Lumley mentioned he had heard some ratepayer complaints on the matter.

Here are some key quotes from the discussion.

“I had two or three members of the public come forth and talk to me about the lineup getting a little heavy and had been out to Highway 592 on some occasions,” said Lumley. “Maybe as a group we can come up with a more efficient way that the lineup can be decreased or sped up. When you get eight to 12 cars deep, especially if you’re only carrying one bag of garbage and waiting for everyone else to recycle, I can see people’s frustration there.”

“It’s tough times with everything slowed down so much and the lineups are happening — it’s hard to get around that, but if there’s some way to organize it better, I’m all for it,’ said Coun. Paul Sowrey.

“I’ve been there many times and I don’t think the lineups are that long. I’ve been back eight to 12 cars and I think the most I’ve waited was about 10 minutes,” said Hofstetter. “Maybe we can put a notice up that we’d appreciate it if they sorted their recycling ahead of time, not when they’re there. I think that would make a huge difference.”

“I think we have it pretty nice up here and I think for a long time we were spoiled because there was no organization going in and out of our transfer station, but I think that’s something we have to consider for the safety and, yes, it might take ten minutes to get through, but we all know we’re going home at the end of the day and nobody’s been backed over — that’s not saying we can’t look at something else to help out, but I think sometimes we have to accept we have to wait a little bit in life,” said Hofstetter.

“One of the reasons we have it in a single line is for monitoring; we wanted to monitor what people were putting into the recycling bins and for safety, especially during COVID-19,” said Coun. Margaret Ann MacPhail.

“One idea that came into my mind (was) to have a lineup for just recycling and a lineup just for trash,” said Lumley. “Just as a footnote on the safety issue, I understand we have to make it as safe as possible for all of us … we did have an increase of 1,600 cars in the last year; if the increase is being seen now, what’s it going to be like in the summer when things are hopefully more relaxed?”

“I think it’s a great idea (to have) a sign there that said: if you want to speed up the line, be organized and have your stuff sorted prior to coming,” said Sowrey.

Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

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