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More scrutiny needed on waste pickup

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Councillors are calling for closer scrutiny of the waste and recycling pick-up program.

Public dissatisfaction with the work of contractor Emterra prompted councillors Paula Havixbeck and Russ Wyatt to call for weekly reports on missed pick-ups.

Havixbeck told the public works committee this morning that 80 to 100 homes are routinely missed every week on Roblin Boulevard.

The city had already been monitoring Emterra’s performance when it’s work was affected by this winter’s heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures.

There were reports that Emterra’s trucks, fueled by liquefied natural gas, couldn’t be refueled in the frigid temperatures.

Pick-up over the Christmas break were reportedly 48 hours, and sometimes longer, behind schedule.

The public service will report back to the committee at the March meeting on the Emterra situation.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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