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The City of Kelowna is having a hard time keeping up with citizens who wish to upgrade to larger garbage collection carts.

According to a report for Monday's council meeting the demand to upgrade from the 120L cart to the 240L version has not levelled off as anticipated.

To date, the city has blown through $80,000 of the $100,000 budgeted for cart replacements in 2014.

In order to keep up with demand and replenish the city's cart inventory, staff are asking council to approve an additional $65,000 be funded from the Solid Waste Reserve.

The cost of purchasing the additional carts will be recouped through annual fees charged to households for the collection carts.

Staff indicated it would review statistical cart information and budget accordingly in future years.

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