Sudbury's new garbage bylaw won't be enforced until it's fine-tuned
Bylaw requires people to put out their trash between 5 and 7 the morning of pickup
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.
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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.
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