Kitimat councillors want to see comprehensive environmental policy

Corinne Scott wanted to see revised bylaws which would require drivers to cover open loads of garbage bound for the dump with a tarp...

Corinne Scott wanted to see revised bylaws which would require drivers to cover open loads of garbage  bound for the dump with a tarp.

However when her motion was called to a vote at a Kitimat council meeting, she voted against it.

That’s because through the discussion of her proposal she found she liked a different idea better, one pitched by Mary Murphy to have all of council’s prior motions relating to environmental health brought together under a document which will help guide a community-wide policy for recycling and environmental stewardship.

Council appeared to all be on-board on the idea of setting a path to environmental sustainability, even if they had different ideas on how to get there..

When Scott’s motion on tarping garbage was being talked through, all councillors who spoke to the idea said they supported the intent of the motion, although no one appeared convinced that the bylaw would be a way to go.

Mario Feldhoff said the bylaw would add unnecessary complexity for people who do use common sense when transporting their garbage.

Phil Germuth also pointed out fines already exist on highways for littering, and trash falling from cars would count.

“It’s really more of a police job, I believe, to enforce something like that,” he said.

Only Rob Goffinet and Mary Murphy supported that motion.

But everyone except Mario Feldhoff supported bringing all past motions together for a potential policy.

Feldhoff only opposed the motion because he felt there was a potential that doing so would delay implementation of the bylaw that had passed at a prior meeting to ban residential cardboard from the landfill.

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