To the Editor,
My wife and I moved to Nanaimo almost two months ago now from the Lower Mainland, and we have still been trying to satisfy the intermittent and fussy nature of the garbage collection service here.
Last week our garbage was refused once again. The reason? Because we had medium-sized individual bags in our garbage can instead of bagging the individual bags into one large bag. That’s correct, we need to bag our bags apparently. Their reason for leaving it uncollected was ‘no loose garbage.’ Unbelievable.
In a city that appears to be so concerned with the particulars of waste collection and being ‘green,’ how is it that placing two bags into one single big bag is any better? Instead of two small plastic bags going into the landfill, you are now sending two small plastic bags plus one big plastic bag. More plastic and more waste.
Now I can understand why some people feel the need to drive up a logging road and dump garbage – it’s a heck of a lot easier than dealing with bi-weekly garbage pickup and a myriad of senseless rules.
The only plus side of the ‘no loose garbage’ rule? It makes it infinitely easier for people to dispose of things such as glass, drywall, asbestos, and dog feces.