Green Waste Collection

Nov 6, 2014 by Sam Waddington in The Campaign Trail Leave a Comment

I received this question from Janice:

I am a new resident to Chilliwack and I am considering my options for voting in this years municipal election. I would like to know where you stand on Green Waste Collection.

The community I moved from, City of North Vancouver, diverts solid waste from landfill by doing curb side collection of Green Waste. Reduction of solid waste to landfill is something I think is very important.

Please let me know know where you stand on this very important issue.

Thank you.


This was my response:

Hello Janice,

I am happy to hear that you are calling Chilliwack home! As I am sure you are well aware Metro Vancouver is confronting major issues with waste disposal at the moment as the population of their region continues to grow. I love seeing people such as yourself bring forward issues that speak to a forward thinking mentality for our community. We are not faced with the same scale of land constraints as our neighbors to the West, however this is no reason to sit on our laurels. I agree with you that we need to implement better curb side services that would facilitate the separation of waste and aid in green progress for our community.

I am sure that many people will be concerned with the issues of cost surrounding a program such as this, and to that I would like to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of prevention. When we limit the amount of solid waste that enters our landfills we also reduce the cost of managing that long term liability. Green waste in contrast is a short term liability and does not require the same costs to run and manage.

Thank you for your thoughtful question and I hope that I was able to address your concerns.