night's Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session, assembly members and a
room full of residents heard a presentation by Jeff Riley of Alaska Waste, an Anchorage based waste
management company. Riley came to Kodiak to present a proposal for curbside
garbage collection in Kodiak.
things became evident during the discussion that followed Riley's presentation: one is that people in Kodiak are giving a lot of thought to
the subject and the other is. that they're divided over whether or not they
think it will work.
Riley, who is
the Chief Operating Officer of A-W explained the proposed plan.
-- (Garbage 1 "Any of us ... gallon container.")
calls for trash collecting containers or "roll carts" to be placed at most
households in Kodiak
City. But around Dead
Man's curve, towards Bells Flats, Pasagshak and Chiniak, garbage collection
will stay as it is now. For those closer to the landfill, in the area between Spruce Cape
and Monashka Bay Road,
containers with special locking tops will be used to deter bears.
are very excited about the plan and what it could mean for the future of solid
waste management in Kodiak. One of those is Marion Owen, a member of Kodiak's
Solid Waste Advisory Board.
She said that she was on a similar board in Kodiak 25 years
-- (Garbage 2 "And
we were ... rate for garbage.")
Others at the meeting had doubts
about the plan; citing Kodiak's weather, terrain, and bears as major concerns.
The ability to keep bears out of the containers seemed to be the biggest worry.
Those worries were only heightened when Riley said the "bear-resistant"
collection containers have not been tested by Kodiak bears. Assembly member
Dave Kaplan, says that news raises strong doubts in his mind.
-- (Garbage 3 "I've
seen bears ... a contingency.")
the presentation and lengthy question and answer session, A-W's Riley said he's
confidant that all of the issues that were raised can be overcome.
-- (Garbage 4 "Wind
is something ... Fish and Game.")
the assembly members have heard the presentation, they'll meet for another work
session to further discuss the proposed plan.