Friday, October 7, 2005

The Garbage Calendar that never arrived

Frequent readers of the London Fog may recall a post from last week concerning the trash situation here in London Ontario. I've still not received that promised 'new and improved' calendar and I don't suppose I will be getting one unless I request one in the mail, assuming it will fit in the box that is. The multi-page blue box filler is however available online, in pdf format, but good luck figuring out which pick up zone you are in if you happen to live near one of the boundary lines.

Londoners looking to print the calendar will find they'll need to replace their ink cartridge and replenish their supply of paper 17 pages later. The overpaid managers have decided that environmental propaganda is more important than the life of a small forest of trees. In addition, the format of the calendar forces residents to find a place for it on their wall, thereby making garbage an integral part of the decor.

As I've said before, the rotating schedule does nothing but create confusion for Londoners looking to put out their trash:
We wouldn't need a schedule if garbage pickup was the same day, once a week, according to zone, like it used to be. The rotating schedule that we have now does nothing to reduce landfill, as people simply hold onto their garbage for an extra day or two. The current system only serves to confuse Londoners and employs useless bureaucrats who are paid to design and deliver David Suzuki style propaganda at the public's expense.
And I remember a time when you could print off one sheet of paper for your zone, displaying all the months of the year. Then, the year I actually received a calendar in the mail, I found I could tack it on the fridge with a high powered magnet. Now, I am expected to make another hole in the wall in order to display the calendar promoting the upcoming four container household limit. Let's get excited everyone and jump up and down and scream! More unnecessary regulations - yip-eee!

In conclusion, I quote from another citizen I encountered the other day:
The only consistent thing about London's managers is inconsistency.

- anonymous citizen


Publius said...

Oh, come on. You know what the most rational solution to this problem is. Take your garbage to City Hall. No one would notice. Certainly in Toronto no one would notice the smell.

Jason said...

Ah, I was wondering why they didnt send me a calendar this year. Thanks for the info, tripped on your blog by accident from the Western blog list but you guys put some good points here.

David MacLean said...

That's too funny. I wonder if the folks at City Hall ever check your blog. Ever get any feedback?

Lisa said...


Thanks for your comment. In answer to your question, I think they try to pretend we don't exist but google knows better :)