P.E.I. woman says waste collector left garbage behind in bin

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 30, 2016

Anne Corcoran is frustrated that Island Waste Management Corporation collectors have not been completely emptying her compost bin.

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Anne Corcoran from Milton Station says waste watch won’t take away all of her compostable garbage

Anne Corcoran thinks it’s time to take out the trash.

But the 65-year-old Milton Station resident says that didn’t happen on her regularly scheduled green bin day when a truck was supposed to take away her compostable garbage.

Instead, Corcoran said the waste collector walked to her bin, pulled out a compostable garbage bag and carried it away to the truck.

He left behind the rest of the garbage in her bin, she said, although she didn’t notice until that night when she went to throw out a few tissues.

“It was the stench, because it was a warm day.”

The garbage left behind was in a compostable box she used instead of a bag.

It held things like eggshells and banana peels.

Unlike for most Islanders, the person who collects Corcoran’s garbage does it right at her door because she is unable to haul her bins to the road.

Her last green bin collection was May 17 and she called Island Waste Management Corporation the next day to see about getting the rest of the compostable garbage picked up.

Corcoran said she was told the waste collector wouldn’t go back out because what was left was stuck to the bottom of the bin and he wouldn’t be able to get it out.

“I said that’s not true. Definitely not true,” Corcoran said.

Although she’s had a few problems, including the waste collectors forgetting to empty her bins, they always went back and the problems were never that big, Corcoran said.

“Not like this.”

Corcoran said she’s not happy with the way Island Waste Management has handled things.

“I think that they’re failing to live up to their duties,” she said.

A call to an Island Waste Management spokeswoman was not returned as of press time.

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