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Oak Harbor: City's waste rules lack consistency

I was pleased last month when I read in the News-Timesthe city’s new “Public Notice Reminder” about solid waste (garbage) pick-up taking effect Dec. 20. That “If your roll cart is overfilled and the lid won’t close, the city will not empty your roll cart.”

I was also pleased last week when I saw a garbage cart not emptied in our neighborhood on our normal solid waste pick-up day, because it had a bag of garbage placed on top of an already-filled roll cart with its lid open. Then, yesterday while returning from the sea plane base, I was delayed in traffic due to the solid waste truck making its rounds in front of us on Pioneer Way and noticed that just about every roll cart was overfilled or had a bag of garbage, on already-filled carts (with the lids open), and the truck was emptying all these carts.

Today I drove around our neighborhood after the solid waste truck had made its weekly round, and noticed about six roll carts that were not emptied. They were all overfilled to the extent that their lids would not close.

I applaud the city’s intent in its “Public Notice Reminder,” but like many new policies, the city has failed to be consistent to all of its customers in its implementation and enforcement of this new policy.

Larry O’Shaughnessy lives in Oak Harbor.

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