: Did you get your Green bin yet?


Lawrence
Sep 22nd, 2004, 11:52 AM
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/greenbin/

They dropped off 3 of these things at our house this morning
when I wasn't looking, Silly me...I went and called them to say
that they gave us too many and they will be by to pick up the
extra 3rd bin that we didn't ask for.

Somehow I think I should have kept it and not called it in,
I could have used it as a backup when the other bins get broken.

Oh well...Just as well, They may have thought we were a 3 family
house and filed that information away for the tax adjustment
people to look at sometime in the future.

Dave :cool:

Griller
Sep 22nd, 2004, 12:00 PM
I haven't received mine yet but this is a great idea that's long over due. Better late than never. They should compost it if possible and then sell the compost material back to the public for use in gardens and what not. That way they can make back some money. It would be nice if they made it free but low cost is fine as well, like $1 for a 3 kg bag or something.

Hmm, I wonder how this will affect the trucks they currently have and the processing of this material.

Lawrence
Sep 22nd, 2004, 12:19 PM
The website has a Quicktime video of the process...
Apparently the regular garbage will be picked up every 2 weeks
now instead of every week, That's going to go over well...Not!

I can see that the adjustment period is going to be troublesome,
I feel sorry for the garbage men/women, There will most likely
be a two fold increase now in garbage every 2 weeks.

Either that or there will be an increase of people dumping their
garbage beside the bin in the local parks.

Either way...The racoons are going to have a feast.

When I was on the phone with the Green Bin rep earlier I
mentioned to her that the City should have green bin plastic
bags as well and she said that I can use plastic grocery bags,
Trouble is we use those bags to clean up after our dog and since
we don't shop that much they are a real comodity.

I guess people with the same problem will be stuffing their
grocery bags with extra bags when they go shopping now.
Although, I suppose we could use "Kitchen Catchers",
But they aren't free. I hate paying out my money to recycle.

Dave :cool:

Max
Sep 22nd, 2004, 12:22 PM
Nope, not yet... I'm between Queen and Eastern, near Greenwood. Should be any day now though. I'll use it in the wintertime, sure, but for the rest of the year I'll simply continue to compost in ye olde back yard, where I can get some practical use from all those banana peels, discarded greens, coffee grinds and other stinky stuff.

Dr. N
Sep 22nd, 2004, 02:37 PM
Well it all depends on how large your family is. We have had a green bin for over five years with a compost bin and garbage pick up every two weeks. We recycle all our milk jugs (four litre) etc., bottles etc. We still have overflow in our garbage bin. We are a family of 5 with a dog. Recyling is great, but awfully time consuming because of the over packaging. Anyway, garbage pick up every two weeks is not easy to live with.

Wolfshead
Sep 22nd, 2004, 03:41 PM
If I feel I absolutely must buy something that is overpackaged, then I remove the packaging at the cash desk and leave it with them to dispose of. (The cashier's face is usually a picture.) Eventually the manufacturers will get the message and stop overpackaging or, in the meantime, we'll implement a system like that in Europe where the manufacturers have to dispose of this stuff.