Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

November 22, 2011 18:50 ET

Workers hope to continue full backyard pick-up in Victoria

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2011) - The City of Victoria will be launching its proposals to change the way garbage is picked up in the city at a news conference on Wednesday, November 23 at 11 am in the City of Victoria Public Works Yard.

CUPE Local 50 president John Burrows will be on hand after the news conference to take questions on the city's municipal workers' position on these proposed changes. Victoria's municipal workers are proud to be on the front line of making garbage pick-up day greener. CUPE Local 50 applauds the City in its efforts to get greener with the collection of kitchen scraps - it is a great move in the right direction for all of us.

Public workers primary concerns are the health and safety of the public. That includes the longstanding Victoria tradition of full backyard garbage pickup- which is backyard collection with backyard return. Backyard tote return may seem like a small thing, but it is an essential service to many. Curbside drop off would create a hardship and a safety risk for many.

The City will soon be mailing out a survey that will ask Victoria residents to select which option they would prefer for garbage pick-up. Three options will be offered.

As the City's proposed options don't include a 'return to backyard' option, CUPE Local 50 reluctantly supports the most complete service offered which is 'Option A'. However, they are encouraging residents to use the comments section on their survey to ask that the City include 'backyard tote collection and backyard tote return' as part of 'Option A'.

"Full backyard service could continue to be provided for the same cost as 'Option A' ($229), this would ensure no resident felt forced to unsafely move their garbage tote," said Burrows. "Returning the totes to the backyard is without a doubt the safest and healthiest method for citizens."

Contact Information

  • Kathryn Sutton
    CUPE National Communications Representative

    John Burrows
    CUPE Local 50 President