Residents of Okotoks' Mountainview community have started a petition in opposition to the bi-weekly garbage pilot project.
Community residents received a letter from the town on Monday announcing the project, which sparked a flood of disapproving posts on the community Facebook page.
Community resident, Ryan Nix, started the petition on Change.Org on Tuesday afternoon in response to his own view on the topic, and seeing the impact it was having on the residents.
"With that many people that were upset about this, we should do something to let the town know that we really don't want this in the neighbourhood. So, I went online and started a petition on Change.Org." said Nix.
Nix says the comments of residents were mostly negative, and the petition was a good way to band together and get the word out. The petition currently has approximately 300 signatures in opposition of the project and continues to grow daily.
Nix also says residents are opposed to the project for many reasons, but feel they should have been consulted before the project was launched.
"A bunch of us disagree and feel we should have been consulted. I would think something that effects this many home owners should not have been implemented without any consultation."
There is an understanding of the town's goal to meet the eighty-one per cent waste diversion, and Nix says he and other Mountainview residents don't oppose that goal, but don't feel that cutting garbage pick-up in half is the answer.
"I don't believe just removing the black bin service is going to fix the issues the town is having with the program. To me, it's more of an education thing for home owners."
The town has set up information sessions on May 24th for the residents and Nix said he and some of the other residents from Mountainview plan to attend.