Friday, April 28, 2006

Global warming comes to London Ontario

I have found the key to heaven but I cannot find the door.

The Legendary Pink Dots


Get ready to sort your wet tissues from your dry ones Londoners. As expected, the garbage collection situation is soon to get worse and much more expensive besides. So long as municipalities comply with the irrational and unachievable demands of the province in exchange for anticipated funds that are substantially offset by the costs of meeting the demands, the potholes will continue to grow, along with the breadlines.

From our local plea press, a daily forum for Imagine London and their supporters:
London must spend millions of tax dollars, get tougher on recycling, reduce curbside garbage pickup and start collecting table scraps, a new report concludes.

That's what it will take to reach a provincial target to divert 60 per cent of household waste away from landfills, says the city's advisory committee on the environment.

"If we're going to meet that target, we can't continue the way we're going," said committee chairperson Stephen Turner.

"But as long as these changes are made easy and we're careful to explain to residents what we're trying to do, then I think we can have something that's achievable. And there has to be incentives."
Your "incentives" are reduced privacy, forced compliance, and higher property taxes.
Some changes Turner wants the city to implement within the next year or two include:

- A weekly garbage pickup with a three-container limit and tags sold for extra bags.

- Expansion of recyclables to include items such as drink boxes, plastic garbage bags and paint cans.

- Switch to clear garbage bags to ensure residents recycle. Bags containing recyclables would be left behind.

- Sell composters at cost to encourage composting.

As recycling increases, the trash container limit would be cut to one, with a two-week pickup. But that would require the report's most expensive recommendation -- building a $10-million composting facility and starting curbside pickup of organics or table scraps at a cost estimated at $4 million a year.
Gord Hume supports the fermenting wasteland, claiming the ambigious conglomerate supports the proposal because it's a damn good idea! Raccoons in London support Gord Hume and have filed a complaint with the human rights commission demanding their species be granted the same rights as human beings and apes. Their case has yet to be heard in London because the human rights specialist is on stress leave and otherwise occupied with her own human rights compliant. However, it is expected that raccoons worldwide will take their case to the UN. Raccoons in Middlesex County are confident that their rights will be in place before the November election. All living things have the right to clean air and essential nourishment.
Controller Gord Hume, who oversaw adoption of the existing recycling and garbage-collection system, was impressed with some of the ideas.

"I think this kind of a vision is good, useful and exciting," he said. "Obviously, council's job is going to be the costing and practical imple- mentation."

Londoners are ready to "take the next step," Hume said, "but exactly what those steps are will have to be determined.
My next step is to get out of this town boasting among the highest property taxes in the entire country. I'll pass on the splash pads and hockey hair. Living in London is not worth the cost.

The current four containter limit does not really inconvience most Londoners, but this is only the beginning and council is "gently" preparing us for more aggressive measures. Trash collection is one of the few practical services that are paid for through excessive taxation. Of course, Londoners are forced to fund the city waste removal racket through their taxes, even if they happen to realize that good garbage collection service is not one that is managed on the basis of nonsensical bureaucratic calculations concerning the acceptable amount of trash allowed per household.

Soon citizens will be forced by law to recycle all approved materials, to separate their tampons from their moderately dry tissues, and to compost their kitchen scraps at greater cost for less service. When a service provider is assured of business no matter how incompetent the "business" is run, it doesn't matter about the value you get from your dollar, but only that the trough keepers and popular theorizers are kept happy.

The municipal monopoly over garbage collection, in addition to imposed measures by the province, is to be blamed for the current landfill crisis. If people were paying directly for the cost of disposing of their own trash, rather than passing those costs off to their more frugal neighbours, who are nonetheless required to pay the fees no matter their trash yield or choosen service provider, London Ontario would smell a lot better.

And if you arrived here looking for the garbage calendar outlining the complicated calculus of collection dates, go here.

10 comments:

jomama said...

Reading pols spewing garbage makes my eyes glaze over.

Anonymous said...

i've told anyone who will listen that when london brings in "wet waste" aka "table scraps" recycling i'm going to stop recycling all together. I'm not fucking around with that fucking disgusting green bin every week. if they bring in clear bags to inspect my trash as it sits on the curb then i'll stop putting it on the curb and use common receptacles where i work or in the park. lots of those around where i live.

fuck em

basil said...

Stop "bitching" Lisa; if you cared about the environment you would hang your used tampons on the clothing line to dry and take pride in the effort our community is making to help make the job easier for the businesses who profit from recycling your waste.

Honey Pot said...

Does anyone know what we are allowed to put in the garbage? I got to admit I sometimes just throw the coolwhip containers in the back of the fridge in. I just know after they been there for a month with left over something in them, I don't want to open them, to wash them. I just know it is going to make me puke. That is getting abit nosey making us use clear plastic bags.

I was thinking all day how I was going to diguise my garbage to look like acceptable garbage
in the clear plastic bags.

I never thought I would see the day, I would become a tree-hugging leaf-eating puritan, but it is happening. I got three blue boxes on the go, and two compost. That is enough. I am not doing one more goddam thing.

Anonymous said...

I've known people who worked at the Recycle London sorting plant. Thought I would pass on the following - Aluminum is the only profitable material to recycle so if the plant has a influx of material or large quanities of unsold plastic, paper or glass it goes to the dump.
I called the City after the recyclers refused to pick up our recycling due to a broken blue box and was told if I didn't want to purchase a new blue box to throw the stuff in the garbage.
The only reason I compost is for the good garden soil it provides. It is important to remember that compost breaks down quickly and completely and it's an important part of the well maintained garbage dump, we should be encouraged to put are composable materials into the garbage.

Anonymous said...

I've known people who worked at the Recycle London sorting plant. Thought I would pass on the following - Aluminum is the only profitable material to recycle so if the plant has a influx of material or large quanities of unsold plastic, paper or glass it goes to the dump.
I called the City after the recyclers refused to pick up our recycling due to a broken blue box and was told if I didn't want to purchase a new blue box to throw the stuff in the garbage.
The only reason I compost is for the good garden soil it provides. It is important to remember that compost breaks down quickly and completely and it's an important part of the well maintained garbage dump, we should be encouraged to put are composable materials into the garbage.

Honey Pot said...

It is those rotten babies producing all the garbage. All those diapers, and the crap you have to buy for them. We should demand babies get jobs to cover their share of the tax burden. Those grubby little things are forever needing medical attention because they don't have enough sense to wipe their own noses, or wash their hands. I say we ban babies.

Lisa said...

I say we ban politicians.

Pietr said...

Basil-what you have to remember is that used Tampons hanging on the line would pose a grave risk to birds and other wildlife.
Imagine the uproar if a Bald Eagle choked on one.

Anonymous said...

My mind is blown away by the closed minded self righteous views of those blogging this site. I believe everyone has a right to their own view and the right to express it... no matter how much I disagree with it.
What is being overlooked by each of you economically confused people is that if you opt not to take part in forward thinking methods of dealing with an ever expanding garbage problem that we all complain about then you are the problem. Toronto sends their landfill close by and we all scream bloody loud about the leaching and over use of landfill.
We turn around and want to be irresponsible with our own garbage because we pay taxes??
Boys and girls, as hard as this is to believe, the world is not getting bigger. There will not be more room created to keep my children and their children's garbage in. We HAVE TO reduce the garbage we put out.
Someone should apologize for spoiling Londoners as much as they have been. Middlesex County residence pay per bag of garbage to the curb as does Huron County and beyond. Greenboxes are not a difficult step and helps create a future for your children. If anyone can tell me what the problem is besides not being able to accept their "IS" a problem with a solution. Change is hard but throwing your compost into a garbage bag and thinking that it will compost is ridiculous.