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Friday, May 6, 2016

Waste Plan Would Save Money

Grey County | by Kevin Bernard  

Grey Highlands hosts meeting before voting on plan with Chatsworth, West Grey.

Three Grey County municipalities are exploring ways to save money on garbage and recycling collections.

Grey Highlands, Chatsworth and West Grey are considering a proposal that involves one truck handling both trash and recycling material.

That means fewer trips on area roads, and all three municipalities would go to bi-weekly pickups.

Currently, Grey Highlands has garbage pickup every week and recycling every second week.

The two other municipalities are already on bi-weekly pickup so the savings for those municipalities are not as great.

Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen says his municipality spends about $600,000 on garbage and recycling a year, but that will be roughly cut in half by this proposal.

West Grey could save $150,000 a year, and Chatsworth about $30,000.

Combined, a new five year contract would save about $2.5 million for the three communities.

McQueen says the time frame is tight, and they need to decide by the end of June whether to switch to the new system.

Grey Highlands is holding two public meetings to gather feedback on the proposed changes.

The first session is Friday, May 6th at the Kinplex in Flesherton from 7 PM to 9 PM.

A second public meeting on waste management and recycling is set for Monday, May 9th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Flesherton Kinplex.




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