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Councillor brings forward motion to have garbage bins at all GRT stops

Christine Michaud, Kitchener Ward 4 Councillor, brought forward the motion on Monday's Kitchener council meeting
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A new motion brought forward at the Kitchener city council meeting on Monday is asking the Region of Waterloo to bring back garbage cans at all Grand River Transit stops.

Ward 4 Councillor Christine Michaud was the one who brought the motion forward to council. While GRT buses have trash compactors on their buses, she said that she and her constituents have recently seen an increase in garbage at these stops.

Speaking on the Mike Farwell Show on Thursday, Michaud said the region had taken away the trash cans due to budget constraints, a move she said "didn't make sense."

"There is nothing worse, in my mind, in the city with garbage laying around," said Michaud.

Michaud said the region approved the removal of 240 trash receptacles from GRT stops during the 2022 budget. This would save the Region $60,000 in-year and $180,000 for 2023 and beyond.

Michaud said the move does not offset the effects made on the environment and the community. 

"I'm not convinced you can put a dollar amount on not keeping our streets clean," said Michaud.

Monday's motion was passed unanimously by council. The city has said it will work with the region on fixing the problem.

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