Monday, May 29, 2006

Gord Hume does not care about Londoners


Gord Hume, the same councillor who is an advocate for a proposed multi-million dollar performing arts centre, is worried about the extra $10 dollars a year that city staff estimates residents will have to pay for a return to regularly scheduled, weekly garbage pickups. The warrior of fiscal responsibility also recently strongly supported repaving a stretch of Oxford street - scheduled to be torn up in a few years time - because visitors coming from out of town might get a bad impression of London as they bump their way towards the upcoming Canadian Women's Open this summer. In a rare victory for the people, his evil plan was rejected by council.

Garbage discussions continue and the free meals keep the public cafeteria poor:
"Frankly, I put a calendar on the wall and manage to get (my garbage) out on time," Controller Gord Hume said.

In a tight budget year Hume said he's not enthusiastic about increasing the cost to taxpayers. He notes he only gets "an occasional complaint."

Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell agreed: "It's a question of cost containment," he said.

[..] - The city would have to buy four garbage trucks, which if new, would cost about $700,000 in total.

- Weekly pickup would cost $1.7 million more while 50 pickups (there's now 42) would cost $1.4 million.

- The added operating costs for a weekly pickup would add $10.60 to the property-tax tab of a typical homeowner, while 50 weeks would add $8.80.

[..] If council adopts weekly pickup, it would take nine to 12 months to put it in place, in part to buy trucks, said Jay Stanford, the city's manager of environmental services.
Any legitimate service provider worth their salt would not take nine months to purchase equipment essential to their enterprise. But we aren't speaking of legitimate service providers, but rather the municipality of London Ontario who holds the unjust monopoly on garbage collection in the city. The wheels of the current garbage trucks are falling off and more trucks are required to pick up the accumulated garbage on Mondays, so the city needs new trucks anyways, and the garbage wouldn't be piling up on Mondays, because garbage collection would occur each week, on the same day of the week and there would no longer be any need to print and distribute the multi-page blue box filler now referred to as the Waste Reduction and Conservation Calendar.

Apart from the annoyance of trying to remember when garbage day is each week, if it occurs at all that is, it is especially irksome to read the same excuse used to justify the change from a regular pickup date to a rotating one now recycled as a reason to go back to the previous system. When the rotating confusion was mandated, citizens were assured this would help them to act in their own best interests as they would be "encouraged" to cut down on the amount of trash they produced. Likewise with the four container limit. And now, certain members of council are saying that in order for the bag limit to be successful here, trash collection should occur more frequently.
There are problems with the existing system that could be solved with a switch to weekly pickup, staff say:

- Residents are more apt now to put out trash the wrong day, particularly in more transient neighbourhoods such as downtown and student areas.

- Extra trucks and crews are needed to cope with extra big loads Mondays.

- Residents may be less willing to abide by bag limits on garbage when they have to wait as long as 13 days between pickups.

That last factor is important, said Baechler, to meet the provincial goal to divert 60 per cent of waste for recycling. "If we are to meet waste diversion targets our (existing) cycle is very problematic."
You are all idiots and people merely store their garbage for a few days longer - or smuggle it onto their neighbours lawn or into the local mall's dumpster - which results in extra long days for garbage collectors, complete with overtime pay coming out of the same taxpayers pockets, and there is no reduction in waste. Junk the JLC, scrap the creative cities project and I'll willingly pay ten bucks more for reliable garbage pickup and a few dollars more besides to fill the potholes. It's hard to be cultured when the raccoons are taking over in cahoots with provincial and local politicians.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That raccoon is carryin' some junk in the trunk. More rotten lettuce heads and less bacon drippings, dude!

Anonymous said...

I propose scheduling garbage pickup for once a month. This would offer even more "ecouragement" to cut down on the amount of trash produced.

Pietr said...

Why not centralise the bins and then collect on an ad-hoc basis?