Town mayor urges allowing families more trash cans

Move aimed to encourage young families to move to Qualicum Beach

Families in Qualicum Beach could well get a break on their garbage.

Following up from a question at last week’s all candidates forum, Mayor Teunis Westbroek called on town staff to prepare an amendment to the municipal waste management bylaw to allow families with children to put out two garbage cans for the town’s twice-monthly collection at no extra charge.

“As a family attraction and retention policy, this may not seem like much, but it is a signal and shows we want to welcome families even more than we have in the past,” Westbroek said.

The move didn’t sit well with Coun. Mary Brouilette.

“I think this is rather an overreaction,” she said. “We already have a policy in place where people can get an extra can for a two-dollar ticket.”

Brouilette also questioned how the town would decide which homes would be allowed the two cans, as opposed to one.

She was alone on the issue however, with council voting to approve the measure, with Brouilette casting the only vote in opposition.

 

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