Poll Results: Poll was open from September 26 – October 18, 2016. Results posted October 20.
What do you think of the new green compost bins expected in Cabbagetown by 2017?
1. They’re fine. More volume, easier to automate pickup (avoiding inuries) and only slightly larger footprint is ok with me. 16 votes (26.7%)
2. Ugh – no. I’ve hardly got space at my narrow home for the current Grey, Blue and smaller green bins. At least let me keep the small green compost bin. 14 votes (23.3%)
3. Give me the option to keep my small/old green bin rather than the new one. 22 votes (36.7%)
4. Other 8 votes (13.3%)
8 people voted “Other” and 5 provided the following comments:
– It’s not a larger footprint to be able to compost more, rather than sometimes having to throw food waste into the garbage. Don’t be ridiculous.
– Option to keep either is preferred. With regard to size – will this pose weight difficulty for garbage men? Compost can get very heavy.
– I have to carry my bin through my house. It weighs a lot when full. A larger bin will be impossible to handlr
– give choice of either so households can choose either way
– if the raccoon resistant latch really works, yes
Option 1 and Option 2 are opposites of each other and fairly close, but option 3 (give residents the choice) is the winner with 36.7%.
September 26, 2016
The City of Toronto announced in April 2015 that it would be replacing the current green (compost) bins. As of September 2016, Scarborough has had their bins replaced, Etobicoke is converting now and Cabbagetown is scheduled along with other downtown neighbourhoods for some time in 2017. Some might not consider this a burning issue, but given the small spaces for storage we have downtown, some row-houses lacking backyard access and heritage concerns (that green bin might not be a “heritage” green…) some residents consider it a bit more of an issue here than you might think.
We’d like your input. However, a caution here that there might not be much that can be done either way given that there are likely already agreements in place between the City, the bin manufacturer, waste pick-up workers and their unions, the automated bin pick-up machinery installers etc.
Here are the seeming pros and cons as we see them:
– increased volume from 46.5 to 97 litres
– new bins will allow automated and semi-automated collection (one operator instead of two, anticipated decrease in workplace injuries)
– new animal-resistant latch
– increased volume from 46.5 to 97 litres – larger size bin (Current Bin in cm.: 68 x 39 x 45, New Bin in cm.: 97 x 48 x 61)
New Green Bin Size (toronto.ca)
Green Bins – includes picture showing comparison of old and new bins (toronto.ca)
What do you think?