Take this yoghurt tub and....Mon Feb 7, 2005 Miss Vicky
Ok, I imagine you're all disappointed that the first piece of vitriol is about such a banal subject as recycling. But really, when you eat as much yoghurt as Miss Vicky those plastic tubs do tend to pile up. Used to be our fair city's recycling program would pick up all kinds of plastics... then last year's budget crunch hit. We were forced to reduce, but not in a good way. Plastic bags, margarine containers and other annoying plastic packaging now goes to the landfill instead of being recycled.
I didn't think the kind of Smart Growth we Ottawa folk were looking for referred to the addition of several unnecessary layers of of recyclable plastics in our landfill sites.
People got ornery. And rightly so. So the Mayor and many Councillors promised to reverse the decision for the 2005 budget. Lo and behold, I get an email today from an environmentally-minded compatriot pointing out this promise has not been met. Apparently the new budget restores funds for leaf and yard waste recycling (stuff people could be composting themselves), but not plastics.
What's up with that? I'm told by folks in the know that there are local places that can take the products. Surely it's in everyone's best interests to reduce the amount of waste we're putting out.
Rest assured, dear readers, this is only my first post on this subject. I will be writing my councillor (as should you all: you'll find the addresses here ), and doing some digging to get to the bottom of this. I still have to have a more thorough peek at the outcome of last week's budget debates (serves me right for going out of town. You just can't leave city council to its own devices, can you, citizens?)
In the meantime, if you have suggestions for creative uses for yoghurt tubs, please feel free to share them!