Friday, January 9, 2004

London's trash!

2006-07 London Garbage Calendar — sorry, Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar — now available in PDF here

"Dog feces must be bagged, free of liquids, and placed in a larger bag" October 4, 2006
If political correctness ever finally dies its long-belated death, it will gasp its last querulous breaths in the halls of municipal government. According to the London Free Press, a proposed change from the current unpopular six-day garbage pickup cycle to a regular weekly pickup will soon be entertained by city council… but less to assuage popular demand, as it happens, than to set the stage for aggressive trash reduction methods forwarded by the city's unelected staff and advisory committee on the environment. An innoccuous and undemanding four-bag limit on garbage implemented last year was an entirely predictable prelude, as it turns out, to a limit of three lighter bags that will accompany a shift to weekly pickup and — if Stephen Turner, committee chairperson, has his way — an eventual one-clear-bag limit with a two-week pickup. The change in pickup cycle is also "aimed at preparing for so-called green bin recycling" — the separation of organic waste by residents into separate "green" containers for recycling.
London city council keeps talking trash September 24, 2006
The stench of garbage is stronger than usual this week in London. Not only did Joe Fontana launch his "Leadership" campaign this weekend, promising a PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE, the favoured subject of city politicians has been trash. In addition to yet another front page story in the People's Press about the Toronto trash controversy, readers are informed that the rotating garbage schedule in London is once again under review. More committees, to discuss how to form committees to choose the people to sit on the committees are expected.
Gord Hume does not care about Londoners May 29, 2006
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.
Global warming comes to London Ontario April 28, 2006
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.
London Ontario - a municipal garbage dump of altruistic ideals February 23, 2006
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.
Trash rations now in effect in London Ontario January 18, 2006
Ten years later and the city is finally realizing the rotating trash schedule is unpopular with Londoners.
David Suzuki talks trash in London Ontario November 7, 2005
Today David Suzuki was scheduled to lecture the students of Central high school on the evils of progress.
My cigarette butts are destined for the steps of city hall October 27, 2005
As expected, the promised 'new and improved' London garbage calendar for 2005/2006 never did show up. I have it saved as a pdf file on my computer, because I don't want to waste ink printing the multi-page environmentally wasteful colour calendar. I never did determine what Waste Reduction Week was all about, but garbage collection did not take place last week, meaning garbage was piling up in the neighbourhood. Garbage collectors can look forward to overtime pay this week.
The garbage saga continues here in London Ontario October 13, 2005
Is anyone else confused about which day they are allowed to put out their trash next week?
The Garbage Calendar that never arrived October 7, 2005
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.
Improvements in London translate to incoherent setbacks September 28, 2005
It's all about heritage: Proud to leave Londoners in suspense until the very last moment for 150 years. The 2005-2006 Waste Reduction and Conservation Calendar, formerly known as the Garbage Calendar, will be distributed to London households by Thursday, September 29.
Council talks garbage over a plate of chicken cordon bleu July 20, 2005
Acting on a recommendation from city staff, council is planning to impose a four bag limit on curbside pickup. There are obvious problems with implementing such a proposal, for example the unfair disadvantage to large family households, the problem of garbage collectors determining which houses are apartment units and of course, stinking bags of garbage left over from the week before.
Susan Eagle on Excess Baggage June 28, 2005
Well, the dumpsters of private businesses and the lawns of frugal Londoners will soon be filling up with more garbage. Although it takes council many meetings and visits to the cafeteria to make up their minds on any issue, they have voted in favour of a four bag limit on garbage. There will be many more plates of "chicken cordon bleu, vegetables in a phyllo pastry, fish served on a red pepper sauce with coconut shrimp, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetable, bread, salad and a wide assortment of drinks and deserts" in council's future however, as they try to work out the details of such a scheme.
The Waste-Diversion Standard - Better Lock your dumpsters folks! September 23, 2004
Londoners may be forced to put out less trash -- or pay more -- if the province follows through on plans to sharply stem Ontario's garbage flow. Sorting food waste from garbage, for separate disposal, could also become a new London reality.
Enter Joseph K August 11, 2004
London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco "is chasing her tail" talking to Toronto's mayor about that city's garbage woes, says a veteran city councillor.
Anne Marie DeCicco an expert on trash August 10, 2004
Toronto Mayor David Miller assured a delegation of area politicians that Toronto does not intend to unload its trash in Southwestern Ontario, London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said after a meeting yesterday.
London Dirties July 27, 2004
A provincial goal of more than doubling Ontario's solid waste diversion by 2008 would hit London taxpayers hard -- adding another $4 million to the city's solid-waste collection budget now standing at $3.2 million, a council committee warned last night.
London could get even stinkier June 7, 2004
If the province orders London to take Toronto's garbage, it could cost Toronto -- big time. In a report going to council's environment and transportation committee tonight, city staff recommends a tipping fee of $150 per tonne -- twice the maximum fee -- for any garbage the province orders the city to take.
Garbage Woes May 17, 2004
Sarnia's mayor is calling on London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco to step up pressure on Toronto to solve the mega-city's garbage problem. As chairperson of the Southwestern Ontario Trash Coalition, DeCicco should lead the fight to stop Toronto trash shipments through the area to a Michigan landfill, he said.
Controllers toss out curbside trash limits March 8, 2004
It appears Londoners won't be paying to put out extra garbage bags this year. Board of control last week tossed out an idea to limit household curbside pickups to two or three bags of trash, with residents paying a dollar or more for extra bags.
Draft budget unveiled today January 21, 2004
Proposals involving trash are included as cost-cutting moves. London is considering cutting its commercial dumping fees to attract more business for its landfill, while hitting homeowners with new restrictions that could cost them more to get rid of their waste. The two revenue-generating measures are intended to soften the blow of a projected double-digit tax increase facing property owners.
London Eying User-pay Garbage January 9, 2004
London is considering a user-pay garbage plan to encourage more recycling. Such a plan would limit the number of garbage bags the city would pick up for free at homes.

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