Tuesday night (10-27-15), the Sitka Assembly approved a contract with Alaska Pacific Environmental Services to continue collecting Sitka’s garbage. The agreement does come with one important caveat: In their bid, Alaska Pacific said customer rates must increase by 21.3%.
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized the city to spend up to $250,000 to develop a new solid waste management plan. The vote marks the start of a total reexamination of how Sitka deals with its trash. The study will cover everything from garbage and recycling to composting and bear problems.
In their natural environment in early spring, bears subsist mainly on grasses and sedges, which Biologist Phil Mooney calls a ‘dry salad’ compared to the buffet of steak and seafood options available around humans.