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  1. Am I the only one tired of hearing whining about the new Recyling and Garbage program?

    Nothing is perfect and the program will be tinkered with, but just suck it up and move on.

  2. J> I agree with you and Joe Fiorito…”let it pass”.

    Besides who do the citizens really think they are to complain?They are not informed or qualified to even understand anything about how this city runs.It is up to the city unions and a certain political party to just run the show.It is our duty to pay through taxes and service fees for whatever is provided.Hey we may even get the privilege to vote once in a while.But don’t expect any change “all politicians are the same”.

    So let it go,stop the whining, life goes on……..

  3. J, I’m not tired of hearing whining about the recycling issue. People are upset because it’s an unacceptable solution.

    The engineer who designed the bins for our neighbourhood is either negligent, sadistic or insane.

  4. About the story concerning public toilets in stores, before that can happen, the TTC should have public toilets in each and every subway station.

  5. I kid you not, when they collect your bins for recycling in Oakville they stack them back together and put the green bin inside them. For some reason Toronto collectors can’t seem to keep them off the roads and sidewalks.

  6. The bathroom in the Yorkdale Pottery Barn might be nicest public washroom I’ve ever seen. Flowers! Music! Pot pourri!

  7. The city’s recycling plan is a total fiasco, and we should not just accept it and let it pass. The key problem is the total lack of community consultation and letting myopic bureaucrats who live in big lots out in suburbia decide what’s best for the inner city. Despite amalgamation, there is still real differences within Toronto and GTA – we are many different cities within a big conglomeration.

    Miller and company tout diversity, yet don’t do a lot to respect and accommodate it.

    I totally agree with Joe Fiorito’s analysis.

  8. Some key aspects of the bin plan dont make environmental sense and if we dont complain the same airheads will botch the next project too.

  9. This came in from the City:

    News Release

    July 7, 2008

    New Blue Bins boost recycling rates

    Toronto neighbourhoods that have been using the City*s new Blue Bins
    for several months are recycling from 10 to 15 per cent more, according
    to Solid Waste Management Services. Scarborough residents, first to
    receive the Blue Bins, are using the extra capacity provided by the new
    bins to put more items out for recycling.

    The larger sizes of the new Blue Bins are also a boon when it comes to
    adding potential new materials to be recycled. The City is issuing a
    request for proposals in the next few weeks to investigate markets for
    polystyrene and plastic film. Successful responses could mean that these
    materials would be added to the recycling program in November. Solid
    Waste Management Services indicated that new materials could not be
    added to the program until residents were provided with larger bins.

    *It*s terrific to see that more items are headed for recycling
    instead of landfill,* said Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
    Chair, Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker. *Toronto residents have proven
    over and over that, given the right tools, they are avid and committed

    Increasing recycling was one of the three goals the City hoped to
    achieve in introducing the new Blue Bins on wheels. The other two goals
    – improving efficiency and reducing staff injuries – are also showing
    promise. The roll-out of the new Blue Bins is part of the City*s
    overall new approach to waste management. Residents of single-family
    homes will, over the next few months, also receive new Garbage Bins and
    be introduced to a new billing practice that will charge residents for
    the amount of garbage that they produce starting November 1.

    The revenue generated by the new system will fund significant new
    diversion initiatives designed to drive the City*s overall diversion
    rate to 70 per cent. Some of these new initiatives include bringing
    Green Bin organics collection to apartments and condominiums,
    introducing new recycling materials and creating a new curbside
    reuse/recycling program for household durable goods such as mattresses,
    furniture and electronics. The new bin-based system for garbage and
    recycling will also make collection more efficient across the city.