Good news – we attended the city’s council meeting last night and a motion was passed that the city will be purchasing 120 liter bins for garbage, instead of the 180 size. That is a step in the right direction towards sustainable living.
As you know, they will also be introducing the green bin for kitchen and yard waste, but not until the fall of early next year. It is a great idea for those that don’t want to compost, but unfortunately, the motion is for the 240 liter size – that’s more than 3x’s the size of our standard current garbage cans! Although the motion is passed, I still hope there is time to get them to alter it, to at least include an option to have a 120 size alternative. I can’t imagine any of us on the odd side of the street with our small yards being able to fill the 240 that often. And where are we going to store these monsters?
I also made a brief presentation about our neighbourhood Challenge. Council already knew about it because the city’s environmental staff person had also written a report which was presented to staff in the afternoon. The funny thing is, the councillors had mentioned it a few times during the evening even before I spoke about it, about how the city is already doing a ZWC (which is us) and they seemed really proud of it.
Those of us that do not have our own composters will need to make a decision so that we can get our order in. The city just received 80 of them on the 15th of march, and when I phoned yesterday 40 of them were gone already. They are the round type base. You can check them out here:
I am also making a brief presentation at the Glenbrook North Residents Association meeting at Herbert Spencer school in the library tomorrow (wednesday) evening at 7:30. They too are very excited to hear about what we are doing.
Exciting things are moving ahead here in New Westminster!
Go Colborne Go!