Bin Sites A Concern For Bracebridge Councilors
Bracebridge council took some time to address the looming problem of the region’s waste collection bin sites during their most recent council meeting.
Coun. Rick Maloney said that in September the District of Muskoka was told that all 88 bin sites in the District which are not approved by the Ministry of the Environment must be removed by April 2023.
He said there are 17 such bin sites in Bracebridge, three are maintained year-round, while 11 are winter only sites only and three are summer bin sites.
When the provincial announcement was made the District of Muskoka initiated a review to determine which sites pose the biggest risk to human health and the environment. The District identified 30 such bins and the province, in turn, said 11 of those bins were so hazardous they must be dealt with by the spring of 2020.
After some pushback from residents and the District, the Province decided to extend the deadline until November 2020 for the highest risk bins.
None the less Maloney said there is still considerable consultation to be done and a permanent solution for the bins has yet to be determined.