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New days for curbside collection in Côte Saint-Luc starting week of February 2

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Curbside collection days are changing for most homes in Côte Saint-Luc starting the week of Monday, February 2, 2015.
For single-family homes and duplexes, brown bins (organic waste) will collected on Mondays, blue bins (recyclables) on Tuesdays, bulky waste on Wednesdays, and garbage on Thursdays.
Residents can start placing closed-lid bins at the curb at 10 pm the night before the collection. You can place bulky waste as of noon the day before. Blue bins must be at the curb by 7 am on collection day to ensure it is collected. Brown bins, bulky waste, and garbage bins must be placed by 8 am on collection day.
It made financial sense to outsource garbage collection and organic waste collection. The contractor has the capacity to collect garbage from single-family homes and duplexes across Côte Saint-Luc in one day. Same with organics and bulky waste. We decided to simplify collection and schedule it on the same day.
For those townhouses that currently take part in curbside organic waste collection, they will follow the same schedule as single family homes and duplexes. For all other multi-family complexes and institutions, garbage collection is on Mondays and Thursdays, recycling collection remains on Tuesdays and bulky waste collection is on Wednesdays.
For old electronic items (computers, monitors, etc.) and household hazardous waste (paint, CFL bulbs, etc.), residents can bring these to the EcoCentre at 6925 Côte-des-Neiges or Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.). Call 514-485-6868 to arrange a pick up at the curb of an old TV.
Côte Saint-Luc is mailing a flyer with the new collection days information to all homes, doing a city-wide phone call out, and sending an email to all those subscribed to the Côte Saint-Luc e-newsletter, among other things.

 

District 6 campaign moves up Eldridge Avenue

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District 6 campaign makes its way up Eldridge Avenue

District 6 campaign makes its way up Eldridge Avenue

As the municipal campaign rolls into official week number two, my door to door visits enter its sixth week.  This evening I met the welcoming and friendly faces of residents on Eldridge Avenue, between Kildare and Mackle. The residents of this neighbourhood have different issues than those of the single family homes. Some new challenges but many marvelous stories at the same time.

One woman told me how she had difficulty bringing out her brown bin and simply wanted to put her minimal composting in a neighbour’s bin but received a cold shoulder from next door. By coincidence, I blogged about such an issue three years ago: Neighbours should help neighbours with their bins. Older residents should ask a neighbour to allow them to deposit their small amount of compostable into the bin already brought up to the curb. It can’t be easier with no downside for anyone!

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Another woman, with several children, was concerned that her recycling bins were occasionally not collected. I explained that the contractors have rules for the placement and pickup of these bins set by CSST, the Quebec workman’s compensation board. Since the truck is operated by a single worker and the bins are manipulated by an electronic arm, the placement at the curb must be precise.

Some residents expressed their pleasure with the new indoor pool (the Aquatic and Community Centre) only a couple blocks away, also in District 6. A few mentioned that they appreciated the city’s scheduling of same sex swimming and that we go to great lengths to accommodate the religious community, be it for recreation, for parking regulations or in speaking out against the proposed Charter of Quebec Values.

Many spontaneously indicated that they were extremely happy with life in Cote Saint-Luc and with our council and administration. I was thrilled to hear this general consensus from many constituents, religious and secular, English-speaking and French-speaking, Jewish, Muslim, Christian and non-Canadians alike that I could count on their support come election day. Our city is certainly evolving through the decades but our sense of neighbourliness and support for one another has endured.

I’m very appreciative I can count on this support.  And they can continue to count on mine. Another wonderful evening on Eldridge Ave.

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La campagne éléctorale est dans la deuxieme semaine officielle mais pour moi je suis dans ma sixieme semaine de visiter les résidents. Ce soir , j’ai rencontré mes concitoyens accueillants et chaleureux de l’avenue Eldridge, entre Kildare et Mackle. Les habitants de ce quartier ont des problèmes différents de ceux des maisons unifamiliales. Certains nouveaux défis, mais de nombreuses histoires merveilleuses en même temps.
Une femme m’a raconté comment elle avait du mal à faire ressortir son bac brun et simplement voulu mettre son compostage minimal dans la poubelle d’un voisin , mais a reçu un accueil plutôt froid à côté. Par coïncidence, j’ai blogué sur une telle question, il ya trois ans: Les voisins doivent aider les voisins avec leurs poubelles. Les personnes plus âgées devraient demander à un voisin de leur permettre de déposer leur petite quantité de compostables dans le bac déjà amené au bord du trottoir. Il ne peut pas être plus facile avec aucun inconvénient pour n’importe qui!
Une autre femme, avec plusieurs enfants, craignait que ses bacs de recyclage ont été parfois pas recueillies. Je lui ai expliqué que les entrepreneurs ont des règles pour le placement et le ramassage de ces bacs fixés par la CSST , la commission des accidents des travailleurs du Québec. Etant donné que le chariot est commandé par un seul ouvrier et les bacs sont manipulés par un bras électronique , le placement à la bordure doit être précise .
Certains résidents ont exprimé leur plaisir avec la nouvelle piscine, le Centre aquatique et communautaire, tres proches de leurs maisons, également dans le district 6. Quelques-uns ont mentionné qu’ils appréciaient la planification de la ville de pour la natation “meme sexe” et que nous faisons beaucoup d’efforts pour s’adapter à la communauté religieuse , que ce soit pour les loisirs, pour les règlements de stationnement ou en se prononçant contre le projet de Charte des valeurs québécoises .
Beaucoup ont indiqué qu’ils étaient très satisfaits de la vie en Côte Saint -Luc et de notre conseil et de l’administration . J’ai été ravie d’entendre ce consensus général de nombreux concitoyens, religieuses et laïques , non-Canadiens, d’expression anglaise et française, juive, musulmane , chrétienne et aussi bien que je pouvais compter sur leur soutien le jour du vote.
Notre ville a évolué à travers les décennies, mais notre sentiment de voisinage et de soutien pour l’autre a enduré .
Je suis très reconnaissant que je peux compter sur ce soutien. Et ils peuvent continuer à compter sur le mien. Une autre belle soirée sur ‘avenue Eldridge.

Brown bin relief on the way

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Many Cote Saint-Luc residents have been experiencing a frustrating time with their brown bins for the household composting program due to the lids cracking off.

Mayor Anthony Housefather announced at the December public council meeting this week that the manufacturer has agreed to an initial replacement of 500 bins.

The Mayor told resident Bernie Tonchin that the default was not due to the lifting system and that the manufacturer has indicated that there is a problem with the UV stabilization in the material causing the plastic to age much faster especially on the sun exposed areas.

The city wants to ensure that its curbside compost initiative continues to be a positive program, providing our residents with the opportunity to participate fully.  Therefore, staff is currently encouraging residents to have patience and advising them that new bins are on the way.

Councillors Dida Berku and Steven Erdelyi (both in red) join Mayor Anthony Housefather in launching the brown bin household composting program in 2008

E-waste drop off in CSL today

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The Waste & Environment Department in collaboration with the Cavendish Mall is organizing the Electronic Waste Collection Day on Thursday, July 28th at Cavendish Mall (4-8pm, outside between IGA and Bureau en Gros).

The drop off points for e-waste are an initiative of the Green Patrol Program that will take place for three days (July 28, 29, 30) in different specific points across the island of Montreal.

For the complete calendar, please click here.

In Côte Saint-Luc we collect electronic waste throughout the year but strictly during the working hours of the Public Works Yard. However, the idea is to offer an alternative drop-off of e-waste for residents after working hours.

 

 

Les 28, 29 et 30 juillet, les patrouilles vertes sensibiliseront la population à disposer adéquatement de ses matières issues des Technologies de l’information et de la Communication (TIC). Lors de ces 3 journées, 17 lieux seront mis à la disposition des citoyens de la métropole afin qu’ils puissent se départir, notamment de leurs vieux ordinateurs, jeux vidéo, cellulaires, en posant un geste environnemental. Ces produits de consommation, hautement polluants pour l’environnement, seront récupérés pour être reconditionnés ou recyclés.

Neighbours should help neighbours with their bins

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc is a leader is waste management.  It was the first in the region to begin a curbside organic waste puckup program, and nowadays has three seperate pick ups each week for brown bins, blue bins and garbage.

However, with an important senior population still living in their own homes, some may need a little extra help from neighbours due to mobility problems.  Senior citizen neighbours may need your help with their blue bin or brown bin.

“Some seniors find it difficult to maneuver their bin to the curb so I am asking younger neighbours to lend a helping hand,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “You could help your neighbour roll the bin up the driveway, or even simpler, just let your neighbour put his or her recyclables or organic waste in your bin—if you have room. Seniors living alone may only have a small amount to place in the bins and can benefit from you having already placed your bin at the curb.”  In this way there is no bin for the senior resident to roll back in the cold and dark wintery nights.

Côte Saint-Luc has a long tradition of volunteerism. Councillor Nashen thinks civic-minded residents will be happy to help their neighbours.

“There probably aren’t a lot of people who need help as the new bins have wheels and are easier to move than the old blue boxes, which required that you bend and carry it in your arms,” Councillor Nashen said. “However, some might need a little extra help and I want to remind residents that neighbours helping neighbours is part of what makes Côte Saint-Luc so special.”

Côte Saint-Luc supports seniors through services such as the senior social clubs and the Daily Hello/Bonjour telephone service for seniors living alone. The city also keeps in mind the needs of seniors when designing crosswalks, buying books at the library or planning recreation activities.

Indeed, the Aquatic and Community Centre, now under construction on Parkhaven Avenue, will house most senior activities in the city.

Read it in The Suburban

Recycling company won’t take material from outside bins: Housefather

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Recycling company won’t take material from outside bins: Housefather

By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban, Feb. 24, 2010

Earlier this month, Hampstead councillor Michael Goldwax warned that recycling contractors do not pick up material if it is outside the recycling bin on pick-up day.

At this month’s Côte St. Luc council meeting, mayor Anthony Housefather had to give the same advice to the one resident who showed up that night to ask a question.

The resident told council that if someone places anything extra next to the bin, “even an IGA bag, he refuses to take it.

“God forbid, he should bend over and do this. Can you explain why?”

Housefather explained the contract for recycling for the entire island of Montreal was accepted “under certain terms and conditions.” The mayor pointed out that recycling, in many cases, is only picked up by a mechanical arm on the pick-up vehicle.

“The whole point of this was to reduce the cost for all of the cities to make it easier, so they would have one person in the truck and not two or three. They’re never going to come out — if they were to do that, it would defeat the whole principle of using the arm.”

Housefather also said that exceptions to the rule were made in the first weeks of the contract, and that instructions were also given to residents on the proper method of placing their recycling bins for pick-up.

The resident pointed out that, in one instance, the bin fell on a windy day and the cover was open.

“God forbid someone should bend over…”

Housefather said there are some occasions where the driver will go outside the truck, “but not usually.

“Garbage and compost collection are done by city employees,” the mayor pointed out.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi told the resident that if his bin is overflowing with recyclables, he can contact the city to upgrade to a larger-sized bin — for instance, from 120 litres to 240 or from 240 to 360 litres. Erdelyi said another option is to make use of a large bin at the corner of Baily and Westminster, near the strip mall.

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