Garbage collection shifted to front of residences

Sylvan residents are being asked to put their garbage and recyclables on the front street for pick-up

Sylvan residents are being asked to put their garbage and recyclables on the front street for pick-up because of the condition of back alleys.

The massive build-up of snow and mild temperatures have made the alleys unusable for the weighty collection vehicles.

Betty Osmond, the town’s chief administrative officer, told councillors Monday night that town staff will keep the alleys clean so that light vehicles can get through but the heavy vehicles are just sinking.

The change in collection will last for an indefinite time.

Front street pick-up began Tuesday but the town said “every attempt will be made this week (Jan. 14-17) to collect from the alley” because of the difficulty in getting this message to residents in a timely fashion.

“Residents are asked to place their garbage or recyclables between the snow windrows or near the front sidewalk without obstructing pedestrians or motorists,” said Communications Officer Joanne Gaudet in a media release issued about noon Monday.

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact Public Works at 403-887-2800.