Also, according to the report the new garbage company is promising the moon on what can go in the blue wheelie cart. This sounds too good too be true. Will we find out they are really not recycling this stuff but just want us to feel good? Is it being burned in china for energy? How's that for climate change.
They are adding things that city staff previously said could not be recycled (e.g., plastic bags,milk cartons and all kinds of new plastics with no number). When I have called the recycling program in the past they said that the milk cartons get mixed with paper and thrown out later. They said that the plastic bags should only be recycled at the Stanford recycle center, Baylands recycle center, or grocery stores because the bags get tangled in machines and that the bags are so dirty that no one will recycle them and they get thrown away if people put them in the cart. They said that they know this from other cities telling them this and when PA did its blue wheelie cart pilot, they decided not to keep the cartons and bags on the list. So what has changed in the recycling world?
The report says we can put computers and cell phones in the recycle bin. This makes no sense to me to mix bottles and cans with that stuff. When I called the recycle program last month they told me to recycle my computer through Goodwill or Green Citizen for free and when I bought my new cell phone the store offered to recycle my old one for free and that all stores that sell cell phones are required to this.
So the question is why is the City hiring the garbage company to do these things that I can already do for free? I don't want my rates to go up because the City creates services we don't need so the City can say we are not making garbage. I see the amount of garbage people put out on garbage day. Now it will all go in the blue wheelie cart? I like convenience like the next person, but I don't trust this put it all in the cart and the City make it disappear.
No more rate hikes- do things differently? Where is the watchdog group Palo Altans for Government Effectiveness?
Write to Council firstname.lastname@example.org- No more bloated budgets!