To the editor:
This is a complaint to the City of Kelowna yard waste pick up. Although the weather is an anomaly, here is my expression of disappointment.
I choose to have large trees in my front yard , as well as in my back yard, for many reasons: They not only have aesthetic value, more importantly they have environmental value.
Trees renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide, producing oxygen and helping to remove contaminants from the air. One tree produces 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
Shade trees can make buildings 20 degrees cooler in the summer.
Having large trees in my yard I also have a high yield of leaves as I’m sure a lot of other peole in Kelowna do.
My question is, because of our very mild fall, why did yard waste pick up end so soon before many of the leaves around town had finished falling?
Althoug I personally crammed as many leaves as I could into my receptacle, I still had many more leaves to deal with and had to hire someone to come and haul the excess away. I still have nine more bags to have hauled away.
I remember when the city workers would pick up as many leaves as a person had, all at once, that was reasonable.
We, as homeowners, pay our taxes, but we still have to pay extra to finish the job the city shoud be doing.
I now have not ony paid once but I have paid twice.
There is soemthing wrong with this picture.