A motion to kill a proposed green bin plan will not be heard by city council until next month.
Ross Eadie and Russ Wyatt are the two councillors behind the motion. An organic waste collection system could cost you up to $100 a year.
The motion did not get the support to be brought up for debate at today’s meeting, but was pushed to the next full council meeting at the end of March. Eadie is optimistic he will have enough support to pass the motion.
“Normally, a motion like this one, there would be a move to tank it. There was no move to tank it because the reality is it will pass,” Eadie says. “We have the support. Many councillors have different issues around what was being proposed.”
Aside from the price tag, one of the biggest problems for Eadie is the way the public consultations were being rolled out.
“People don’t know what the public consultation is. It wasn’t about how we should do the organic waste. It was going to be done on a flat fee, no other proposal for how to pay for it. We haven’t even reviewed our first phase. A lot of people have these misconceptions.”
Eadie believes he will have nine votes at next month’s council meeting, which is enough to pass the motion. St. Boniface councillor Matt Allard also has problems with the plan, but don’t count him as a supporter of Eadie’s motion.
“St. Boniface residents have overwhelmingly said that they don’t like this particular plan. I think we do need to have a universal composting solution. I’ve never said that I wanted the city to stop doing research, that’s in the motion that Eadie and Wyatt are bringing forward. There are some parts I agree with and others I don’t, so right now I’m not at the point where I would support it.”
Eadie admits he would be fine if the plan was amended instead of completely thrown away. Full council meets again March 23.