Thank-you for running the cartoon on Friday, Dec. 21, succinctly pointing out the issues around organic waste recycling.
How many of our elected reps – or town staff – have actually tried this? These bins, no matter how “green” and “environmentally friendly” will certainly attract vermin. Rats, raccoons and domestic cats all pay regular visits to local backyards now. We had to give up our garden/kitchen waste composter years ago, because despite all precautions, it attracted rats. And what about the smell of rotting kitchen waste between pickups?
Maybe our councillors should try this out themselves for a year, at their expense – and report on it – before committing the rest of us and OUR money.
Better yet, let’s make Town Hall the local repository for the kitchen waste program. We could dump our indoor collection bucket on their doorstep every few days and pick up an empty one (disinfected, of course). This would save the Town the cost of house-to-house pickup – not to mention the carbon footprint of yet another diesel-belching garbage collection truck (we have three separate ones already). Also, any vermin attracted by the organic delights would be summarily and humanely dealt with by Town staff.