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The Green Bin Protest - it's not over yet!‏


Did you receive a green bin? Whether you did or not, you will probably end up paying for it through your property taxes.

Do you have a creative alternative use for the green bin? Enter the Carleton Landowner's contest to win a "Carleton County - Yes" sweatshirt:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R5DL9J6.

The Carleton Landowners Association, along with the Ottawa Taxpayers Advocacy Group, the Ottawa Voters' Coalition and the Rural Council, held a rally in support of better local governance on Wednesday, December 9th, at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. This event demonstrated to Ottawa councillors and staff the level of frustration felt by many residents on how programs and services, such as the green bin, are ill conceived and implemented.

For those still concerned about the green bin program and the way it has been implemented, you can share your concerns with the City but you must do it soon, before budget deliberations are completed.

In his column in the December 11 EMC, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry wrote that,

"Ottawa city council has not made a final decision on how costs of implementing the Green Bin program are going to be recovered. This will be determined during budget deliberations in January 2010. You are strongly encouraged to have your say in advance of any final decision."


You can do this by:

  • calling 311 and having the operator take note of your name and concerns,
  • sending an email to 311@ottawa.ca (include your name and address), or
     
  • you can make an appointment to present your thoughts in person to Ottawa City Council by calling 613-580-2424 x12487.

It is very likely that rural residents and others who did not receive the green bin will pay for the program through property tax increases. If you don't agree with this or the program in general, please use one of the options above to voice your opposition.

Please see the City of Ottawa website at http://www.city.ottawa.on.ca/city_hall/budget/budget_2010/consultations_en.html for more information.

It is important that you make your thoughts known to Council, regarding this $300-Million-plus venture setting up in Ottawa, on a 20-year contract, (after its 2-year failure record in Toronto) !


 

LINKS:

PRESS RELEASE:  Dump the Green Bin Rally - for Better Local Governance 

RCOC Reports:  Ottawa's Green Bin Program smells foul before it begins

MORE:  Search Results for "composting plant" - Ottawa Citizen

Rural associations find green bin unruly - Ottawa Citizen - Dec. 3, 2009

Green bin rollout a mess... Randall Denley - Ottawa Citizen - Nov. 15, 2009

Green bins: A wasted effort? - Toronto Star - July 4, 2009

How tons of rotting garbage ended up in a gravel pit The Star- July 04, 2009:
http://www.thestar.com/printarticle/660862
 
Re: Orgaworld - in London, Ontario: Property value, quality of life affected by stench
Smelly London plant a 'black eye' for composting - Ottawa Sun - May 5, 2010

UPDATE - July 14, 2010- Re: Orgaworld - in London, Ontario: Temporary shutdown
Compostor raises a stink - London Free Press, July 14, 2010
 
UPDATE - January29, 2011:
From Mulch to Mess - Sue Sherring, Ottawa Sun -January 29 2011

RELATED:

While some think of Canada's wide open spaces as having unlimited landfill capacity, environmentally conscious provinces like Quebec are trending away from landfill proliferation and are turning towards the European models, showing that clean Energy-from-Waste practices are far more environmentally responsible and can even be profitable. Thus, 'Waste' should be thought of as an energy resource that should not be wasted!
The National Post article, (below), points to the urgent need for Canadians to manage their garbage using responsible Energy-from-Waste processes, right here at home:
The recycling conundrum: How your blue bin hurts the environment - N. Post

RCOC REPORTS: 
Energy From Waste is the way of the future: STARTING NOW

 

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