Day 12: Toronto Garbage Strike…

A sign was put up last week in the main elevators in my boyfriend’s building stating garbage and recycling pick-up will continue but cautioned against allowing friends and family to bring their refuse. The building did not have the capacity to handle the extra load.

You know some people will still do it because rules don’t apply to them. But good luck trying to police that activity.

In all honesty, I thought about it. Who wouldn’t. I don’t actually throw out that much garbage. I like to think that I do better than most. Until his building brought green bin recycling to the building recently, I have been diverting compost and organic recyclables for ages.

Would these be brownie points in my favour? Not likely.

Does it matter that we only throw out a grocery bag of garbage every couple weeks or so? Doubt it.

It’s a slippery slope. Make an exception for one, and you will be forced to make exceptions for all. 

One of my brothers lives in Mississauga. He has offered to take my garbage if I needed. Considering the protests at Christie Pits and other temporary dump sites, that might not be a bad idea. 

A couple people at work jokingly offered to do the same- only requesting that we cover the cost imposed by their municipality for the extra garbage. Very generous considering they could make a little money off the transaction.

I am a long way away from having even one full garbage bag so I am not going to worry about it.

I have been trying to divert as much garbage to the compost (at home and at work) and I refuse to throw my green bin recycling into the garbage- unfortunately, this does not seem to be much of an issue for others.

I was watching news coverage of the strike and they had people at Christie Pits to cover the protest of residents who did not want the temporary dump in public parks. They were also blocking the pest control people from spraying down the dump site. Conveniently, they found a professor of biochemistry, who happens to live in the hood, to interview. He had gathered a vial of murky liquid that is collecting at the bottom of the pile of garbage. I hope he used gloves- it looked pretty disgusting. 

He talked about what he suspected the contents could be comprised of and how the toxic anti-pest chemicals can skew the results. He specifically mentioned feces from diapers as a possible component of the sludge- the very thing that should be diverted to green bin recycling.

Hmmm, I wonder how many of the protestors have thrown out items they shouldn’t have and thus contributed to the toxicity quotient. No finger pointing, just curious.

I hope I catch his report after the testing has been done.


~ by angryegg on July 3, 2009.

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