Sudbury

Sudbury's new garbage bylaw won't be enforced until it's fine-tuned

Sudbury city councillors have agreed to suspend enforcement of a new garbage bylaw that was supposed to take effect on Friday.

Bylaw requires people to put out their trash between 5 and 7 the morning of pickup

Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger says he received too many complaints about the new rules around the time garbage must be placed curbside. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Sudbury's new garbage bylaw needs a tweak before it goes into effect, according to Mayor Brian Bigger.

At Wednesday's city finance meeting, Bigger asked councillors to support a motion that would instruct staff not to enforce the bylaw that makes it illegal for people to put out their garbage the night before pickup.

In the meantime, he wants staff to look for new options.

But councillor Al Sizer didn't support the motion.

He said his ward in New Sudbury experienced too many bear encounters last year.

"If it is council's decision to review the bylaw amendment, I respect that decision," Sizer said.

"The committee was asked to find a solution. While disappointed in this motion, I fully respect the matter in which council governs."

Bigger said he received too many complaints about the new rules.

"Some people are unable for various reasons, you know, physical reasons or they're simply unable because of shift work, to put out their garbage before 7 a.m.," he said.

A Greater Sudbury bylaw that comes into effect Friday requires people to put out their trash between 5 and 7 the morning of pickup. But, enforcement of the bylaw will be suspended until it's tweaked. (Lynne Robson/CBC)

The bylaw requires people to put out their trash between 5 and 7 the morning of pickup.

People are still encouraged not to put out their garbage the night before collection.

According to a recent city news release, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said the Bear Wise reporting line received 2389 calls regarding human-bear interactions, up from 1421 calls in 2014. Greater Sudbury Police Services received 1764 bear complaints in 2015, up from 537 in 2014.

with files from Olivia Stefanovich

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