Thursday, February 23, 2006

London Ontario - A municipal garbage dump of altruistic ideals

For those arriving at this page looking for garbage collection dates in London Ontario, the garbage calendar can be found here.

According to an article in today's London Free Press, the vast majority of Londoners are quietly complying with a recent bylaw limiting "free" curbside pickup to four containers.
Only about one per cent of London homeowners are failing to obey the city's new four-container trash pickup limit.

"That's just a signal that people are ready for a change like this and I think it's because there's a lot of awareness out there," said Jay Stanford, the city's manager of environmental services.

The fraction of homeowners not complying are running out of time to cut back on how much garbage they toss out.

"Right now, the concerns are minimal," Stanford said.

"We're not hearing any negative backlash from the public, although that may change once we start leaving bags behind."
The trash ration took effect January 16, but Londoners were granted amnesty until mid-March. It's not too late to clean out your garage and basement before the city begins to impose fines for exceeding the limit. Scoping out the neighbour's bag count and filling the private bins of malls and big box stores is an option for enterprising Londoners producing excess trash after the amnesty ends.
If leaving extra bags behind doesn't encourage compliance, Standford said the last resort will be to issue $125 tickets.

"We've got to be reasonable in all our actions because I think that's the best way to be successful," Stanford said.
Certainly it is "reasonable" to expect that people will "comply" when faced with threats of force. Success in London is equated with following the laws put forth by elected bandits, and if Londoners don't like it, blame the province.
The limit was imposed to encourage recycling and to move the city closer to the 60-per-cent landfill waste-diversion rate the province wants in place by 2008.

The limit requires Londoners to keep to a 108-kilogram cap, far beyond the 20 kilos the average household generates during each trash cycle.
According to previous evaluations, the average resident puts out less than four containers or bags, depending on your interpretation of the bylaw. So why the fuss? More regulations and another source of revenue for the city. Fred Tranquilli said in justification of the changes, it's a 'wake-up call' to prepare Londoners for additional changes."
Standford said the city imposed the limit in January because waste volumes are lowest in winter months.

[..] By summer, city council will consider a more substantial option that could require Londoners to separate food scraps from trash, a move that would sharply reduce trash volume, but at a cost of as much as $4 million a year.


Robert McClelland said...

Why no comment on this? Or do you just worry over money spent for ridiculous causes like saving our environment?

Lisa said...

Didn't take much more than a pat on the head to get the CUPE warriors to back off:

A controversial bill that brought Ontario to the brink of a province-wide strike passed in the provincial legislature while people breathed a sigh of relief that municipal services would keep operating and schools would stay open.

A deal reached just hours before a midnight deadline averted an illegal strike that threatened to shut down a wide variety of municipal services province-wide.

A day of negotiations between the Ontario government and CUPE resulted in a deal that will see the province introduce a companion piece of legislation to reassess pension changes contained in Bill 206.

[..] Now the Ontario government will review Bill 206 is six years time, and is writing the commitment into law.

"By the year 2012, we will be doing a review of the legislation and also of the actuarial premises that it's based on," Municipal Affairs Minister John Gerretsen said.

Robert McClelland said...

Didn't take much more than a pat on the head to get the CUPE warriors to back off:

You're right and now it's going to result in higher municipal taxes. So again, why nothing about it? Did your knee jerk and hit your eyes causing them to swell shut when you saw a union was involved?

Pietr said...

Unions are an essential corollary of organised capital.They are simply the most convenient way of dealing with large numbers of contracted labourers, and should always be recognised as such.

What they are not is an alternative state.

Anonymous said...

Can't remember where I read this....

"The nice thing about recycling is that now we wash our garbage before we throw it out."

Anonymous said...

It's odd very odd how fewer and fewer large, organized capitalist companies actually need the "convenience" of dealing with unions in order to be successful. Either these companies are missing out on a tremendous opportunity or maybe, unions are a useless anachronism which never would have flourished except for one-sided intervention in their favor by the goons in government. Right now, in Canada, it looks like taxpayers are a lot more "convenienced" in dealing with unions than most private companies.