Not a Glass Act

Recycle-get this...

Recycle-get this… (Photo credit: practicalowl)

We want to make it easier to recycle after all.

You have these big bins that are easy to roll to the street with everything going into just three bins. Everything organic goes into the first bin; metal, plastic, paper, and cardboard go into the second bin; and everything else goes into the third bin. Oh, what was that about glass? Oh, we used to put that in the second bin, but they don’t allow us to do that anymore.

English: glass and plastic (bottles) recycling...

English: glass and plastic (bottles) recycling in Poland Polski: powtórne przetwarzanie szkła i butelek plastikowych – segregacja odpadów (Szymbark, woj. pomorskie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that was inconvenient for them. They say it contaminated the paper and plastic. Now they say they want us to keep the glass separate from the other recycling. They say we can take it to special depots at grocery stores and transfer stations. In interviews of a number of people they say it wasn’t so bad in places where they have done it for years. Of course these are people who were depositing their glass in the special bins for glass. They were the people of course who have no problem getting to these special depots.

Recycle for Greater Manchester

Recycle for Greater Manchester (Photo credit: The Laird of Oldham)

Something the bureaucrats forget is that there is a large segment of the population who do not have access to cars — they are the people that take public transit to get places. Of course there are many people taking public transit that have cars at home, but there are many who don’t.

There will always be people who won’t take an extra step to do things. A little extra work and they won’t become involved in a project like recycling — they will just toss the glass bottles and jars into that third bin for general garbage. It’s a shame that many of them actually have cars and it wouldn’t be too much trouble to take a bag of jars and bottles to a recycling depot.

Glass jars

Glass jars (Photo credit: dliban)

On the other hand there will be people that have problems getting to the depots. These people without cars will end up with jars and bottles stacking up; perhaps tossing them into the general garbage bin. Many will be poor people and some of them will be disabled people.

Consider their alternative — washing their garbage and taking it on public transit to a transfer station or recycling depot at the grocery store. Perhaps it’s not too much to take glass bottles and jars back to the grocery store, people already do with their empty bottles — but I know of many people who don’t take back their empty bottles even though there is a deposit on them. Instead they donate them to charity or to people who pick them up off the street.

Oakridge Place Shopping Center, Metairie Road,...

Oakridge Place Shopping Center, Metairie Road, Metairie, Louisiana. Grocery store, view from parking lot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think quite often the bureaucrats that make the decisions forget about the people who don’t have cars. Those bureaucrats probably have their own cars. A few might take public transit, but I believe they’re in the minority and I believe that they have access to cars if they wish.

The problem is more widespread than just this recycling issue. I’ve noticed quite often with parking lot designs that while it seems the designs are good for pedestrians at first glance — this is only true for people coming from parked cars into the establishment. For people coming off the street the design is not quite as good.

You often find the pedestrian entrances to the establishment from the street are less than desirable. As a pedestrian I have often found myself going very far out of my way to get the pedestrian entrance. They are distances that if you were in a car are not very long, however on foot they’re quite large. It all seems geared to people who have parked their cars and are going to the establishment.

Road Construction

Road Construction (Photo credit: ahhyeah)

Shopping centres are just a nuisance. It gets very dangerous sometimes around construction sites. Building construction sites often rip up sidewalks and create large obstacles for pedestrians. They require you to walk on the opposite side of the street from the side that you require. If the city blocks are short and there are pedestrian crossings nearby it is not too bad — however if the blocks are quite long or if not every block has a pedestrian crossing and the street is busy with traffic, it can be not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

Car Park

Car Park (Photo credit: chrisinplymouth)

In fact sometimes they leave no options at all for the pedestrian and they are left to figure out their own way to merge with traffic and get to the destination. Sometimes it’s not too bad on a dry sunny day, but if you get any precipitation the mud, gravel, and water can make for an adventurous walk. And then there are the issues for people who are not on foot. I have seen where they’ve made it nearly impossible — make that impossible for a person in a wheelchair or mobility scooter to pass. For that matter there are people with baby carriages, strollers, and grocery carts. Not everyone drives or rides. Not everyone has two sound feet.

Overloaded baby carriage

Overloaded baby carriage (Photo credit: craig1black)

Bureaucrats have to remember that not everyone is as mobile as they are. This is strange considering how locally we have had a number of politicians who have been disabled and even in wheelchairs.

In a day and age when we are trying to encourage people to use public transportation and to remember people who are disabled — we can’t forget them when we plan the other facilities and systems in our cities and towns.

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Occupy Canada!

Occupy Canada chalkboard sign.

Occupy Canada might sound a bit odd considering all those “Occupy” protests in the past year or so. What I am proposing and talking about is a bit different, though perhaps every bit as radical.

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day (Photo credit: Anirudh Koul)

In some ways we have stopped actually occupying Canada. Oh, we live here — but do we occupy this land? I mean do we occupy it as the people who are in control of this land of ours. Let us for the moment forget native land claims and forget issues of immigration.

Did you vote? Not just in the Federal election; not just in the Provincial election; but how about in your Civic elections? Do you take part in town hall meetings? Do you know belong to a strata development or live in an apartment and are their any issues pertaining to it? Do you take part in strata council meetings? Do you know the issues pertaining to your community on the small scale and on the large scale? Do you know the people running for all parties as well as the independents. Do you belong to any political party?

English: Pic for WikiProject Political parties...

English: Pic for WikiProject Political parties and politicians in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you don’t know the issues concering your small corner of the world or the larger part — do you truly occupy the country you live in? Or are you just a passenger on an amusement park ride.

I know we can’t be experts in all the issues. It is just like a politician can’t be an expert in all the issues. That is why a politician — if the politician is any good at all — will have a network of people they depend on for advice when it comes to making decisions. I don’t mean “yes men” or “puppet masters” or people to make decisions for them. I mean people that understand the specialized fields who can give advice and explain the issues. They do have to be trustworthy and it would be advisable to have counsellors on all sides of any issue.

In any case, it is good to be educated and have good sources.

It isn’t easy to have a say in government today.

Sometimes it seems like everything is polarized. You are faced down with a boiled down version of a few issues and told that you have only to chose between option A and option B. Of course one side says the other is the road to ruin. If Side A gets a majority, then Side A gets to make all the rules. If Side A doesn’t get a majority, then Side A has to be a bit careful and moderate least Side B has a chance to vote them out and have a new election. That all gets a bit messy.

Image of a list of the major political parties...

Image of a list of the major political parties in Canada. The date is October 14th! Canadians, go vote! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps it is less messy in more polarized places where politics has been filtered to just two choices. Here, in federal and provincial politics, while often it seems, or the major parties like to think it is a two party race each “go round” there is a lot of jockeying around. Quite often the party in power finds itself there because the other parties have split the vote.

Unfortunately, although your elected official for your riding is supposed to be representing you — the almost always will vote the party line. I think there are more upsets in municipal and provincial politics than federal.

Canada

Canada (Photo credit: palindrome6996)

However that being said, if a party in power, is unpopular with the majority of the population for most of the time — how come, come election time, it still is voted back into power?

Perhaps people just aren’t remembering to a time before the election was called? Perhaps they don’t like the alternatives? Perhaps it is time they joined a political party and helped put a good alternative into place that people might want to put into power?

Perhaps they might want to occupy their place in Canada? Perhaps people should simply take part?

But! There is more to taking part than voting! More to Occupying Canada than voting — and I do not mean parking in a park or protesting in a public square.

More later!

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