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A North End homeowner says she thinks the city’s plan to replace stationary autobins with rolling garbage and recyling bins in her neighbourhood is a load of garbage.


Ruth Crewe recently received a copy of the city’s new garbage and recycling services guide and said she thinks the document is nothing but a piece of trash.

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"The city’s garbage and recycling guide has a nice picture of a house with a front driveway to the curb," she said. "Why not show the lousy, dirty back lane that is the reality in the North End."


Homes throughout the city recently received the new guide, which outlines changes to the city’s recycling and garbage collection program. The changes are scheduled to take effect in October.


Darryl Drohomerski, the city’s manager of solid waste services, said the city is moving ahead with plans to replace autobins in the North End with rolling, 240-litre black garbage and blue recycling carts.


Drohomerski said both the William Whyte and Dufferin neighbourhoods were part of a recent pilot project to test replacing the autobins with individual household carts.


"We looked at about 1,000 homes and pulled the autobins out last fall. We removed roughly 100 autobins," he said.


Drohomerski said the alley bins have become community dumpsters and magnets for illegal dumping.


Crewe said while it will be easy for homeowners with driveways to roll out the new carts, it will be a different story for people in the North End who will have to roll them out to their back lane.


"There are many tenants who live in houses and can’t carry out a bag of garbage to the bin, much less wheel a cart out to the back lane," she said.


Tom Ethans, executive director of Take Pride Winnipeg, said community concerns about garbage are nothing new. He said Take Pride receives hundreds of calls each year from residents concerned about garbage in their neighbourhoods.


Ethans said there are programs such as Team Up to Clean Up, which works with volunteers to pick up litter on city streets, parks, and playgrounds.


Drohomerski said the pilot project in William Whyte and Dufferin is already a success from a recycling point of view. He said recycling rates in the neighbourhoods increased from 2% to 60%.


Crewe said the city is making a mistake by replacing the autobins with the new rolling bins and is concerned unbagged garbage could end up on the ground.


She said the new garbage collection program is another example of how the city tends to ignore the needs of her neighbourhood.


"I think areas like Atlantic Avenue are on a city black list. I have lived in the area since 1998 and there are huge potholes, badly broken curbs that the city has long claimed it would eradicate," she said. "Eyesores like yards filled with junk, tires, and other obvious fire hazards but they have not done so.


"My impression of the city could not be any lower than it is right now."
 
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