For many years Saskatoon residents had their garbage picked up weekly. Then, in a cost saving measure and because it was said that households generated less garbage during colder weather, the City went to bi-weekly pickup from October to April. I don’t remember exactly when that started but it wasn’t all that many years ago. The 2012-2016 City Council talked about perhaps having a two-week pickup cycle year round but, thank goodness, that idea didn’t take hold.
A bit of good news was they allowed an extra week pickup around Christmas, which makes sense for obvious reasons. However, now it seems by a 9-2 vote Monday we are losing that extra pickup day to save $25,000, a move I don’t agree with. The City has, what, roughly a Billion dollar budget? And we will save a whopping 25 grand by eliminating a valuable garbage pickup when garbage cans and bins will be full to overflowing. I looked at the bi-weekly winter schedule for our area and it looks like we will be lucky because the regular schedule shows our pickup date on December 28 this year. But there will be many subdivisions where folks will be frustrated waiting until after New Year’s. I don’t normally pick on City Council because overall I perceive them to be doing a pretty good job since elected a year ago next month. However, dropping Christmas garbage pickup for such a relatively small saving smacks of the old saying about being penny-wise but pound-foolish.