Orser pushing for clear bags
Nothing like public scrutiny and clear bags to get people to keep recyclables and yard waste out of the trash.
Such a clear bag program could be closer to coming to London than you mi adidas shoes ght think Coun. Steve Orser adidas shoes will ask colleagues during budget talks to direct staff to investigate the use of clear bags.
He’ll do so with some chance of success a similar call he made a little more than two y adidas shoes ears ago lost in a tie vote when a key environment friendly colleague was absent.
He’ll also do so armed with the successes of other communities, including several in Huron County, which last March required residents to put garbage in transparent bags collectors will leave behind if they find too many things that don’t belong.
The change saved money in Goderich and parts of five other municipalities that share the Mid Huron Landfill.
“It’s been very appreciated by the taxpayers,” said Goderich Mayor Deb Shewfelt.
Some people in Goderich objected loudly when clear bags were proposed, many of them concerned about privacy, said Jennette Walker, an environmental technologist who oversees the program. But privacy concerns were reduced by a practice also followed by many other places residents can place a shopping market sized opaque bag inside each clear garbage bag.
Thanks to an active publicity campaign by town hall, compliance was high from the get go and Walker can’t recall the last time she fielded a complaint.
Ten months after the program started, only a few households refuse to put out clear bags.
Goderich paid 11% less in tipping fees to take trash to the dump last year than it did the year before.
“It was very successful,” Walker said.
That success is typical, according to a 2007 report paid for by Stewardship Ontario, which is made up of industries that pay half the cost of Ontario’s blue box program.
Researchers found the use of clear bags in Ontario and elsewhere has led to more recycling and less trash.
“People are motivated to recycle due to social pressure.
In Nova Scotia, where 13 municipalities required clear bags, residents put out 41% less trash, put 35% more in their blue boxes and 38% more in their green bins, the report found.
Such success has drawn the attention of London’s environment chief, Jay Stanford.
“I’m always looking at opportunities. It may work, but people get uppity about privacy. It is intriguing,” he said.
Orser first proposed investigating the use of clear bags in 2007, asking others on council to support a study to see if adidas shoes clear bags were feasible. But his motion lost when a key environmental supporter, Coun. Judy Bryant, was absent and the rest of council split 9 9.