City council rejected a one-bag garbage limit last night, opting instead for a two-bag system.
The catch: The second bag must be clear, to prove that residents are sending only waste, and not recyclables or organics, to the landfill.
The new system will start next April.
At first, the city won't pick up the second bag if it contains material that should go into the blue box or green bin.
A city staffer will visit the home to educate the residents.
A one-bag limit will take effect in 2010.
The new proposal passed 8-7 after nearly two hours of debate.
Councillors Russ Powers and Maria Pearson put forward the compromise after it became apparent the original one-bag proposal would fail.
Councillor Sam Merulla was also defeated in his attempt to maintain the status quo of a voluntary one-bag limit but with increasing education while the city starts to include multi-residential units in recycling.
He argued residents don't need "Nazi garbage police" to learn to reduce their trash. Source...