PA faces big choice about garbage next spring
Original post made on Oct 2, 2007
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 3:43 AM
on Oct 2, 2007 at 9:55 pm
This I don't get. The compost and recycling cans are standardized, but some people have the black, square-ish Palo Alto garbage cans and others use the Home Depot/OSH/Lowe's round variety. Seems quite inefficient to have different garbage cans in the neighbor, some which can be dumped mechanically and others that have to be manually dumped. If all houses used the black, square-ish ones, wouldn't we reduce workers' compensation claims and the risk of repetitive stress injuries by not having our workers manually dump the garbage into the truck?
on Oct 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm
Quotes from the web link:
"Issues include the nearly $4 Million cost by 2011 of increased re-cycling". I don't remember that cost being revealed when we went over to the new recycling system.
"The City is having a vigorous disagreement about the ownership of the trucks". Expect the city to cave and give those trucks away!!!!
Why do I have such little faith in our Utility Department?
on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:04 am
To answer your question, we have only had the present cans a couple of years. When they came, to a great fanfare, all households were given the green and blue with an offer of a black if you so desired. You had to opt to get one but it was up to you to make the choice. If you didn't respond, you got neither. We had just bought a new one so decided not to get a black one. When we saw the efficient way the cans were emptied we changed our mind and called PASCO and within a couple of weeks, a black one was delivered. Anyone who hasn't had a black one already, can call and get one. It will take a couple of weeks, but it will come. Neighbors have since done the same and they do come.
It does make sense for us all to use the provided cans rather than our own. It also makes sense for us to put them out properly with the right side facing the street. It does help PASCO and it does look neater.
The only thing I would ask PASCO to do is to replace them neatly. I walk to our neighborhood school after our collection and the sidewalks are an obstacle course with cans left anyhow blocking the sidewalk. This makes it difficult for pedestrians, and must be horrific for anyone pushing a stroller.