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.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.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.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.