By Pippa Norman, Ottawa Citizen
...Ever since the City of Ottawa switched to bi-weekly garbage pickup in 2012, he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of raccoons, rats and skunks making stops at their trash buffet, he said.
“People have nowhere to put it. They think they have to put it outside, and the longer it sits outside, the more vermin it attracts,” Allen said.
Now, he is even more worried, as the city weighs a proposal to limit the amount of trash that residents can put out for collection every two weeks. Go over the limit, and you would have to pay a fee for each extra bag of garbage. This is a variation on the “pay-as-you-throw” (PAYT) system that is designed to deter people from throwing out items they could reuse or recycle instead.