Saskatoon recycling debate heats up
First Posted: May 25, 2011 11:46am
We now know there won't be referendum, but there are still a lot of question marks hanging over one of Saskatoon's most contentious issues. Among them is how the recycling debate will impact Cosmo Industries - a non profit organization that employs disabled people in a massive paper processing plant.
Councillor Darren Hill says no one wants to see Cosmo affected by a new city wide curbside recycling program views the current debate as an opportunity for Cosmo to grow and develop.
"It's going to be a win win situation all around. But at the end of the day, council needs to do what's in the best interest of the people of Saskatoon, not just Cosmopolitan Industries," said Hill this morning while speaking with News Talk Radio's Brent Loucks.
Mayor Don Atchison wants Cosmo to play major role as the city sorts through the future of its recycling program.
"But my goodness, if we can't look after the people in Cosmo Industries, what kind of a community do we have?" Atchison added.
Atchison was one of the four who voted in favour of holding a referendum on the issue. Councillors Neault, Heidt and Donauer also voted in favour of letting the public decide the issue in the next election.
But Councillor Darren Hill voted against holding a referendum. He says it's time make the decision, and get on with implementing a city wide program.
"It's a bit of an embarrassment that we're the last city that doesn't have a curbside recycling program," said Hill.
A comprehensive plan on the direction of recycling in Saskatoon is expected next month.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.