Editor’s note: This was a letter written to the Tribune that was refused. Unlike the corporate print media, guelphspeaks welcomes submissions from viewers that are informative, witty and accurate. GB
Posted July 19, 2012
It was with a mixture of dark humour and cynicism that I read the articles “Most of city knows bins rolling out” and “What you need to know about bin system” as published July 12. A few points were noted.
The picture of Heather Connell, city manager of integrated services with Solid Waste Resources, posing with her elbow jauntily resting on one of the three coloured bins was disingenuous. How about a picture of a person with disability in a wheel chair wrestling the carts to the curb in summer, let alone winter?
When was the last time Ms. Connell purchased sugar or flour in a bag large enough to line a green bin? If shredded paper is to be placed in a transparent blue plastic bag and then placed inside the blue cart, how can it also be used to line the green bins? Perhaps Ms. Connell will post a video showing how this can be done as a home based craft? If transparent clear bags can be used for holding diapers, hygiene products and placed in the grey cart, where is the reduction of plastic bags going to landfill?
Now to keep the yucky stuff from sticking to the inside of the green bin, people can purchase paper liners, which add to the user costs and is simply brilliant.
Likewise, the professed ability to “top up” the green bin with yard waste will mean it will take about 10 weeks to get rid of 5 paper yard waste bags, if they don’t rot out first, and then toss the used paper bags into the blue box.
As I traipsed around my home in “Guelph the good and cradle of recycling”, I counted three washroom waste baskets containing used tissues, dental floss, and other yucky bathroom detritus, as well as two home office areas with waste baskets, all lined with repurposed retail plastic bags. Now it appears that the drill will be to empty these bags into the grey bin and then throw the empty bags into the bin. Again, simply brilliant. I can hardly restrain my enthusiasm as I await my 3 bins in 2014. Perhaps some gifted graffiti artist will appropriately paint caricatures of Larry, Moe, and Curly on them.
Glen N. Tolhurst