The Town of Coaldale is hoping a new awareness campaign will help save maintenance costs for the Town and keep taxes lower for residents through a simple act of walking a few extra steps a couple of times a week.
Bring In The Bin will encourage Coaldale residents to return their garbage and recycling bins back onto their property by evening of their designated pick-up days. It seems like a simple thing to do but Coaldale Operations Manager Gary Scherer.says it can save a lot of time and effort in the long run, especially in the case of back lane pick-up.
Residents have been placing their bins in their back lanes or in front of their homes since automated pick-up began in the Town five years ago. However, as many as 70 per cent of residents are leaving their bins in the alleys for days after pick-up, which causes a number of problems. Often the bins blow over, sending debris down the alleys and turning the lanes into obstacle courses for people trying to drive on them.
“It’s not something people think about but it does cause real problems,” says Scherer. “It increases the Town’s maintenance costs, it adds extra work for our employees and it makes for very unsightly back lanes.”
Coaldale Mayor Kim Craig says Bring In The Bin will be a gentle reminder to follow the Town’s Waste and Recycle bylaw, which states residents must bring their garbage and recycling containers off the roadway or alleyway by 7 p.m. of the collection day.
“I think it’s a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for most of the people who are leaving their bins out,” says Craig. “People are busy and you can’t really blame them if they forget to bring in their bins in on occasion. But the number of wayward bins we’ve seen over the past several months are a real concern, and we need residents to make a habit out of bringing them in.”
Craig says he doesn’t believe Bringing In the Bin will be onerous for residents, and the move will save the Town a considerable amount in maintenance costs.
“We don’t want to punish the conscientious people who do look after their bins by raising taxes to pay for alley maintenance,” says Craig.
Residents who do leave their bins out past the deadline will receive a reminder sticker on the bin from Town crews. Chronic offenders will be fined under the bylaw and failure to pay will result in the Town removing the bin.