When we can’t get rid of our trash
There’s one city service, among all the services that the city provides, that I believe is essential to our civilized survival. It’s not the police and the courts, although I dare say they keep us all in line. It’s not public health or hospitals: buttressed by science and hygiene, they are powerless in the absence of this one essential service. It’s not traffic control or public transit; no surprise there, really. It’s not education or animal control, although that would seem the most likely. It’s garbage removal.
Without garbage removal and waste management, we would degenerate into our own mess, covered up by the crap of what we consume, and subject to filth, vermin and disease. Not a pretty picture.
Every week or so, as I gather up my refuse and recycling, I’m grateful that I don’t have to worry about what to do with it all, the stuff that’s used up, broken beyond repair, no longer of any use for anything I can think.
I stay within the one bag limit; sometimes I go a few weeks without putting out anything at all. Those weeks I think I deserve a gold star, but sadly nothing happens. My accomplishment goes unnoticed, except maybe for the garbage person who probably wonders if I forgot. Sometimes they would be right.
It’s not cheap at the dump, where they turn garbage into gold. You can recycle all you want for free, but garbage cos free run 2 ts.
But sometimes I’m stuck with more garbage than I know what to do with, or with something that can’t be gotten rid of easily or within the waste pickup guidelines, especially wi free run 2 th house renovations. Then I’m in a pickle. waste transfer station) might as well be on the moon.
Fortunately, I live on a well travelled road. Faced with something I no longer need, want or can use, my first option is to put it out front. I don’t have to put a sign on it or mark it in any way. I just have to leave it at the end of my property, next to the sidewalk and it’s gone within a day, usually within hours, off to fill the needs of another.
But that doesn’t take care of everything and a trip to the transfer station is needed now and then. How am I going to haul it all there? On the bus?
That’s my particular problem, getting it there. I have a d free run 2 ump zone out back of my house, stockpiling material for that magical day in the future when a truck rental becomes necessary. Or a dumpster.
Other people have that problem, too, especially those who live downtown, where a significant amount of dumping goes on. For other people, it’s the cost. It’s not cheap at the dump, where they turn garbage into gold. You can recycle all you want for free, but garbage costs.
Well, city planners and policy makers, what did you expect would happen in a university town with a high poverty rate? Not to point fingers, for I’m sure I’d be surprised to see who was fined and for what, but high tenancy turnover and no money could lead to illegal dumping. Just saying.
If the city is serious about dealing with illegal dumping and it should be: it’s a scourge on our landscape as well as a health risk it needs to provide alternatives to the people who are illegally dumping. I don’t think the majority of people who resort to illegal dumping are chronic dumpsters satisfying an addiction. Mostly, they’re people with no options to their problem of useless stuff.
In all this talk of illegal dumping, the one thing remains constant. The garbage always gets picked up. Eventually. Why not just pick it up in the first place?
We get it, most of us, the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra. We’ve been indoctrinated into our good behaviour and, for the most part, we can be pr free run 2 oud of our achievement. We deserve a gold star. But we’re not done yet. We need more options.
The extra tags are a good idea but I haven’t got mine yet. It’s been months and I’m still waiting. Community dumpsters would be useful, particularly near those areas identified as hot spots. A standing response team to clean up problem areas could be useful. More public garbage receptacles would be a good start for street litter. And a fee break at the dump would be appreciated by those that want to do the right thing but can’t afford to.