The Green Bin Protest - it's not
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
contest to win a "Carleton County - Yes" sweatshirt:
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
"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
You can do this by:
- calling 311 and
having the operator take note of your name and concerns,
- sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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) !
Dump the Green Bin Rally - for Better Local Governance
Ottawa's Green Bin Program smells foul before it begins
Search Results for "composting plant" - Ottawa Citizen
Rural associations find green bin unruly - Ottawa Citizen - Dec. 3, 2009
bin rollout a mess... Randall Denley - Ottawa Citizen - Nov. 15, 2009
bins: A wasted effort? - Toronto Star - July 4, 2009
How tons of
rotting garbage ended up in a gravel pit –The Star- July 04,
Re: Orgaworld - in London,
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
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:
recycling conundrum: How your blue bin hurts the environment - N. Post
Energy From Waste is the way
of the future: STARTING NOW