Consultation for the purpose of justification
I believe the city has already determined that they want to move to bi-weekly garbage pickup and are using the proposed consultation process to cherry pick answers to back up this decision.
The city of Ottawa continues its consultation process with the city residents to get their input on waste collection. I visited the two weekend consultations. Saturday it was at the Rideau Centre and Sunday it was at Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre. The city’s main thurst is to reduce regular garbage pickup from weekly to bi-weekly while leaving the pick-up services of the coloured bins (green, blue and black) the same.
First, I was impressed with the number of residents who turned out to get information and give their comments on the city’s waste collection. Even at the Orléans location that opened two hours before the mall opened had a line up of residents waiting to speak to the four councillors and city officials who were on hand.
But this whole process seems to be a waste of time. None of the options provided are costed so no one knows which solutions or combination of solutions have the biggest cost benefit to the taxpayers.
Here are the options being offered by the city:
What if I want blue and black boxes combined and picked up weekly, weekly green box pickup and bi-weekly garbage pickup? Does that cost the city less or more? If the city only adopts the bi-weekly garbage pick-up and leaves everything else the same, are they giving me partially what I want?
I think this process is designed for the city to cherry pick my answer to suggest that a larger number of people want bi-weekly garbage pick-up in order to force resident to use the green bin.
Councillor Eli El-Chantiry admitted on CFRA last week that there is no way to reach the green bin tonnage requirement unless the city goes to bi-weekly garbage. So there you have it. The city knows we have to make this change so why all this show about consultation? Why does the city not say simply that the city has to change its collection timetable based on financial commitments?
That’s the real truth. The city is further wasting time and money. The mayor should be “aghast” with this frivolous spending.