There was a dismal showing Tuesday night at public meetings to hear concerns about moving to bi-weekly garbage pick-up.

While recent meetings about transit cuts attracted hundreds of angry residents, only a few dozen turned out to voice their opinions about garbage.

Still, those who attended the meetings made their positions clear.

"This is an essential service. I think it should be taken away every week," said resident Marilla Lo.

"(City officials) say they're going to save costs and decrease costs. I'm not sure that's the case. I think if they increase the usage of the green bin, it's going to add a level to it that might require more green bins or more trucks," added Tom Moffat.

Others say their green bins help divert a lot of waste, and the change to bi-weekly garbage service won't be a drastic switch.

The city estimates bi-weekly garbage pick-up will save $9 million per year. The city hopes to have the change in place by June 2012.

Two more public meetings will be held on bi-weekly garbage pick-up on Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. One meeting will be held at the Kanata Recreation Centre; the other will take place at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans.

City council will vote on the issue next week.