A very important group of Ponoka residents are at a crossroads.
The Town of Ponoka has decided to make some significant changes in how they deal with waste, compost and recycling. Overall, I like the decision they have made – they are giving us quality bins to use for our garbage and compost at a very reasonable price. No, it’s not perfect – some of us like the back alley pick-up, others have invested time and money into bins, carts and back alley nooks to place their garbage – all things we can recover from in a short period of time.
The purpose of this letter is to support the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse in view of the lasting impact the new residential recycling service will have on this non-profit society.
Let’s begin with economics. You have two choices:
1. Pay $6/month. This gives you recycling pickup every other week. You buy your own blue or clear bags. The company picking up the bags takes their profit and spends it on “………” (something other than the well-being of Ponoka residents).
2. Pay $12/month. This gives you recycling pickup weekly. You are provided with a re-usable blue bin – saving you the inconvenience and expense of buying bags. Note: Re-usable, which supports sustainability, less waste, etc. This non-profit society uses their income to enhance the lives of those who might otherwise be dependent on our tax dollars to live, eat, seek employment, housing and professional counselling and assistance. And, dollars aside, the responsibility and activity the recycling program brings to the Clubhouse Members is a priceless experience for those who might otherwise have a difficult time finding employment.
I do not bear any hard feelings towards the town, or the company they have contracted with to handle our waste, compost and recycling. The Town has entered into a fair contract and there are parameters that must be respected and adhered to in order to get the best deal for the taxpayer. In fact, they have left an opening in this arrangement which will allow the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse to continue the good work they do.
The Club’s mission statement: “The Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse society strives to enable past or present consumers of mental health services to live independent and self-sufficient lives in the community. It is the endeavor of the member- operated Clubhouse therefore, to help members feel involved as part of the community through life skills and recreational and work activities.”
When I first came to Ponoka eight years ago, one of the things that stood out was how accepting our community is. I wasn’t exactly sure what made Ponoka so unique compared to the other eight communities I have lived in, but over time I think I have gained an understanding.
Let’s continue to be the better person, the better community. Let’s support those that make this community what it is – an open, accepting, compassionate community. For $12 per month, let’s take the high road and look after the people that make us who we are.