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WINNIPEG CUPE Local 500 President Paul Moist released the results of a public opinion survey on the Citys proposed waste minimization program and the autobin collection service. CUPE Local 500 represents 5,000 City of Winnipeg employees.

Moist stated that the poll results clearly show there is widespread support for maintaining the autobin system of garbage collection and high satisfaction with the service. Of the polled residents who have autobin service, 73.3% are satisfied with the current service and only 7.3% are not satisfied.

Moist called on the City to retain the autobin collection system, calling it a system that has kept inner-city neighbourhoods clean.

He also suggested that council may wish to delay the implementation of one aspect of the proposed waste minimization program the composting piece.

The majority of Winnipeggers think the money to provide composting services would be better spent on services like libraries, recreation, street repair and snow removal, stated Moist. Under the circumstances, City Council ought to consider delaying this program.

The public opinion poll was conducted between March 2 and 4 by Viewpoints Research. A total of 400 Winnipeggers were surveyed. This survey is accurate within 4.9%, 19 times out of 20.

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Media contact: Paul Moist at

981-3287 or 942-1001