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Garbage and recycling collection was a publicly-delivered service June 29, in Port Moody BC, for the first time in ten years.

CUPE 825 members held a pancake breakfast on the first day of the new, contracted in service to celebrate.

“Our members care very deeply about our community and the residents. Quality public services and CUPE are one and the same,” said CUPE 825 president Maria Wahl. “The residents of Port Moody will finally receive the same quality in solid waste as they have become accustomed to in all of the services that CUPE members provide.”

The city announced their decisions to contract-in waste management in June 2008.

Claude Généreux was on hand to congratulate the local, Port Moody residents and council.

“Bringing waste collection back in- house controlled by the city, done by city workers, means that it will be completely public and fully accountable,” he said.