New temporary garbage pick-up schedule for Hudson residents starting in January through April Commer
Driver Etienne Fortin and Michael Lauzon of Robert Daoust & Fils Inc. which, with the exception of two three-year contractual periods, has been picking up garbage throughout Hudson since 1966.
While it will be business as usual in the commercial sector in the centre of town, early in the new year Hudson residents will begin having their garbage picked up once every two weeks - as opposed to the current once a week - until the end of March. Depending on which sector of the town you live in, this will be effective as of Monday, January 5, and Thursday, January 8, according to Rod Hodgson, the Town’s Coordinator of Waste Management, who told Your Local Journal this week that the measure is temporary and will revert back to regular service at the beginning of April when a new contract comes into effect.
Explained Hodgson, “The Town’s current contract with Robert Daoust & Fils Inc. expires December 30. It has, however, been extended for three months over the winter during which time the town will go out for tender for the following three-year period.” When reached at his home, Mayor Ed Prévost said the interim bi-weekly pick-up will serve as an experimental period in order to determine if residents actually need weekly garbage pick-up.
“This could become a year round practice,” he said. Prévost said the savings to the town over the next three months will be just shy of $4000 a month, from $27,930 down to $23,975, plus applicable taxes. Prévost expects the savings to be higher once the new contract is signed.
Sometime in March next year, Hodgson said, new 240-litre green bins will be delivered to all homes to be used for garbage collection, adding, “We had hoped to have our kitchen waste program beginning around the same time with 45L brown bins but this has been delayed.”