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Can we stop the curbside recycling push?

August 16, 2010

I don’t want to pay extra for curbside recycling.  If I did, I would sign up with Saskatoon Curbside Recycling.  See how that works?  It’s an available option and is reasonably priced if that’s what you’re interested in.  I’m not.  I don’t want to sort my trash and pay extra for it to be trucked to various parts of the country.  I want to put it all in one big plastic bin and have it hauled to the dump.  Why is Saskatoon messing with the status quo? It’s not as if anyone is prevented from recycling if that’s what they want to do.

I know what the goal of this is.  According to the city’s own stats, the cost of curbside recycling will be about the same as with the private company.  So, econuts ultimate goal must be to force everyone to recycle (probably followed by mandatory composting of organics) and to force me to subsidize their recycling.  No thank you.

Instead of telephone surveys and online polls, why not put this to a referendum with an actual dollar amount?

Do you want mandatory recycling and composting at a cost of at least $100 per household annually?

Not blood likely.

They could at least word their current poll questions a bit better.  Either have respondents rank the available options or present them in pairs. The poll does ask for the options to be ranked but I’m still not convinced that the other options are always ranked ahead of the current system.

Of the households surveyed, 70.5 per cent of respondents say they would prefer the city implement one of three new options for waste management, rather than the current system of public drop-off depots and a privately operated curbside pick-up service.

Really?  I would say that 70.5% of respondents ranked one of the other choices as first but that doesn’t mean that they would rank the current system last.

How can we stop this?

Take their survey.  The econuts certainly are so the rest of us need to be heard as well.

Join the conversation on September 8 and 9, 2010

Come out and provide your feedback on the four recycling options outlined in the “Let’s Talk Recycling!” newsletter by attending open houses scheduled for September 8 and 9. Residents will have an opportunity to view a presentation, ask questions one on one with City of Saskatoon staff, and provide written feedback and comments.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
McClure United Church, 3025 Taylor Street East
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Rob Huck permalink
    August 17, 2010 4:34 pm

    I am SO going to the Cosmo town hall. I can’t wait to raise a ruckus and demand that the city provide for us not only the full cost per household of the given programs, but also the full benefit — in monetary terms — of them.

    For example, they say the curb-side option will give us 6.5 years more landfill space, while the status quo option will give us 2 years. What is that value of the extra 4.5 years of landfill capacity? What will it cost us to build a new landfill 5 years sooner, considering we’ll have to build one again anyway? In monetary terms, what is that extra 4.5 years worth?

    Should be fun!

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