The headline in today’s RECORD (Oct. 19, 2011) reads
Residents slow to embrace costly green bin program
I would prefer the article read:
REGION ABANDONS SILLY GREEN BIN PROGRAM
The timing of the article is interesting. Nyle Ludolph, founder of the Blue Box program has passed away within the past week.
The article points out that 90% of this Region’s residents participate in the Blue Box program while only about half bother with their Green Bin. Susan White, the regional manager of waste diverson, attributes apathy toward the Green Bin to the “yuck factor”.
I would suggest it’s the “common sense factor”. Or, the “I compost my banana peels factor”.
It’s just plain common sense to compost in your back yard rather than sending your banana peel on a long trip. It’s really ironic. The Region spends money after Halloween on advertisements to tell us to “send Jack out back”. Yes, we are asked to compost our Halloween pumpkins – but not our day-to-day compost! Oh my, think about those tens of thousands of Jack-o-lanterns that the Region doesn’t want us to stick in the Green Bin. I’m betting the Region will see the hypocracy of this all and suggest we should now chop Jack up and stick him in the green bin. This is surely going to make for a long day for the garbage collectors after Halloween. The compost section of their trucks will be filled and overflowing.
The “thinkers” at the Region are already trying to figure out how to get more participation in the Green Bin program from the citizenry. Expensive ads should help they are reasoning.
Scot, a phone call to the Region may get some of those advertizing dollars for THE CITIZEN. It’s surely worth a shot.