Bowen Waste Services should be at the table for waste management discussion
To the Editor:
Although I have avoided participating in the Undercurrent letters section, after 16 years, the dam has broken, and I must express my disagreement with the Strategic Waste Resource Management Advisory Committee’s approach to the issue of waste collection on Bowen Island. In my view, and this is supported by a community survey, we have a great service provider that is among the most cost effective in the lower mainland.
Dave and Louise McIntosh of Bowen Waste Services are important and fair employers in an economy where we need jobs. They have initiated and provided valuable support to the fundraising efforts of a variety of community groups and are trusted members of the Bowen Island community.
If we need to figure out how to do garbage better, we should be involving them in the discussion, not excluding them. In my view, we should be thankful we have them and rather than continue to limit them to one year contract extensions, the municipality should negotiate a long term contract so that they can make the investments and put in place the improvements necessary to achieve the community’s objectives with respect to waste.