Posted February 3, 2014
Having been subjected to the three-bin waste system for more than two months, here is a review of the system.
BIN SLOWER – The cycle time from garbage truck wheels stopped to wheels rolling, as the 2 bins (1 green & 1 blue or grey) are hoisted, contents dumped into the truck, and empty bins placed back on the ground, is twice that of the former manual method.
Not the great efficiency gain touted by the waste mismanagement brain trust. Considering the amount that was picked up weekly in blue bags is now picked up every 2nd week via the blue bins, the garbage trucks will fill up twice as fast and have to make a run to dump the contents twice as often. Maybe that explains why in various areas of the city I have seen two bin handling trucks on blue box days on the same street.
BIN AWFUL – Again, it is less efficient than the bag system. .
During the snowy weather the lids of all bins are left open after being placed back on the ground. The consequence is that snow accumulates in the bins. When room temperature material, be it compostables, recyclables, or garbage, is placed in the bins, the snow melts and then freezes bin contents to the bottom of the bin.
BIN HELP! – Whether this open lid condition is due to a poor bin handling mechanical system design and operation or operator shortcoming, it should be investigated and corrected.
To work around this snow problem, I sweep out the bins prior to putting them back in the garage. Repeated city paid notices published in the Tribune, advises people not to cram stuff into the bins as it will not empty completely. This band-aid policy indicates a lack of measurement of the quantity of bagged waste that was previously being set out each week in the requisite bin sizes.
BIN COSTLY – The cost the citizens of Guelph will have to pay because the waste mismanagement honchos could not grasp operational flow and cycle time concepts will result in costing well beyond the $54 million capital costs.
BIN THERE – The operating inefficiencies are the legacy of the current numerically illiterate Guelph council and civic administration.
Glen N. Tolhurst