Corner Brook residents are required to cover their garbage: Pender

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In September of 2013 Corner Brook City Council approved some changes to the city’s garbage regulations. Among them was the requirement that residents cover garbage at the curb. The city will soon be starting a public campaign to remind residents to do so.

The City of Corner Brook will soon be starting a public information campaign to remind residents that they must cover their garbage.

On Sept. 9, 2013 Corner Brook City Council approved some changes to the city’s garbage regulations. Among them was the requirement that residents cover garbage at the curb.

However, there’s been some delay in enforcing those new regulations.

“My understanding is there was some issues with the language that have to be revised,” said Mayor Charles Pender.

He described the necessary revisions as housekeeping items.

“Things that need to be done to revise the language in the regulations to ensure that they are written properly and conform with our bylaws.”

Pender noted that the September changes were passed by the previous council and the revisions have yet to be seen by his council. Once the city’s in-house legal personnel are finished with the revisions they’ll be brought before council.

“Then we’ll make those revisions and amend the decision of Sept. 9,” said Pender. “And those corrections won’t make any real difference to the motion that was passed.”

Pender said the amended policy should be ready for approval at the next public council meeting.

But until that time he said whatever was in the motion of Sept. 9 still stands.

“You’re still expected to cover your garbage in the City of Corner Brook no matter what.”

Pender said once council approves the revisions then the city will begin an education campaign on the regulations.

The mayor said that will be done through public service announcements, on the city’s website and Facebook page and the “City Central” feature in The Western Star.

Pender said the information blitz will last about a month and after that the city will begin enforcing the regulations.

“First we would give somebody a notice that their garbage has to be covered,” said Pender. “We wouldn’t give a ticket the first day.

“But then if we observe those same people are not obeying the bylaws, then next we go to the enforcement where we start ticketing.”

Those tickets will include fines.

Organizations: Corner Brook City Council

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • joeblo
    May 17, 2014 - 15:05

    It is sad to see that residents are so ignorant and complacent that council would have to implement a bypass for such a common sense issue

  • John
    May 17, 2014 - 07:58

    About time the city enacted this regulation to have garbage covered. To many gulls and crows observed on Carter Avenue picking at uncovered garbage. Garbage blowing every where. Very unsightly... I do hope the city states the type of cover to use. Weighted netting is the best. I have personally observed blankets used which only blew off exposing garbage to the large birds... Residents should be accountable for this. It doesn't take much effort..