In the first of its "Spring Series" of public consultations on waste, Metro Vancouver staff heard loud and clear that waste reduction is a top priority, despite the cost.
The first public meeting was held on April 1st in Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini's backyard. Metro staff kept emphasizing to the audience that the more aggressively we try to reduce our waste, the more it will cost us.
Undeterred, the 40 - 50 members of the public who showed up for the meeting voted at the end of the evening in support of the most ambitious diversion targets.
In an electronic vote, over 70% of the participants voted for diversion targets higher than the 70% target set by Metro Vancouver in its draft waste management plan.
The next meeting will be on the North Shore. It will happen on April 22, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Eagles Banquet Hall, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver. Go to the Metro website to register or submit your views.