Curbside recycling could be years away in the greater Saint John area after a proposal for a Fundy region-wide program was soundly rejected by town council in Quispamsis Tuesday night.
The vote against was unanimous and Coun. Emil Olsen says it's just not the time.
"It would be an additional cost that we just feel is new expenditures that we don't want to put onto the residents at this time."
The decision may not be in step with what residents want. A recent survey by the local waste commission indicated 57 per cent of the people in Quispamsis support curbside pickup. Support was there even if it would cost them an additional $75 per year.
Rothesay Coun. Matt Alexander spent a year chairing a region-wide waste diversion committee that recommended curbside recycling pickup and wonders if the decision by Quispamsis sets an ominous precedent.