A few weeks back I posted on the proposed changes to garbage collection here in London. Acting on a recommendation from city staff, council is planning to impose a four bag limit on curbside pickup. There are obvious problems with implementing such a proposal, for example the unfair disadvantage to large family households, the problem of garbage collectors determining which houses are apartment units and of course, stinking bags of garbage left over from the week before.
Well, council has been talking garbage again. It appears that Londoners will be limited to four 120-litre containers and it's going to be costly no doubt, as council tries to work out the details. Will Londoners have to purchase garbage containers in order to get their garbage hauled away if they have more than four bags, or will the garbage collectors get out the scale and measure the combined weight of the bags? Maybe Joyce Burpee will apply for the position of garbage rights expert:
There should be exemptions for homeowners if city council approves a four-bag limit on Londoners' curbside garbage, city staff say.Admittedly, if on average Londoners put out 16 kilograms a week, then a limit of four 27 kilogram containers is not likely to cause much of a hardship for most residents. However, if this is the case, why is council even talking about it in the first place? Are there some city workers who need to 'justify' their pay cheque or perhaps someone's relative needs a job?
Further, unlike other municipalities with bag limits, residents won't be able to purchase garbage tags for extra trash, but will have to haul it to a depot themselves or leave it on the curb, or their neighbour's yard until the next pickup. Readers will also note that while the apparent reason for this change is to encourage recycling, and hence increase revenue for the city, there are no immediate plans to enlarge the recycling program.