Hal­i­fax is garbage at garbage cans

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

Hello to “A mem­ber of the Hal­i­fax com­mu­nity,” who wrote the let­ter in last week’s Coast about the over­flow­ing garbage bin with the garbage all mixed to­gether (“Re­cy­cling far from home,” Re­ply all). The bin you were re­fer­ring to is a sin­gle bin where, yes, all the garbage, com­posta­bles, bottles, cans, et cetera are mixed to­gether.

HRM does have des­ig­nated bins that la­bel four dif­fer­ent streams—pa­per, or­gan­ics, re­cy­clables and garbage—at spe­cific spots such as bus ter­mi­nals and pub­lic lands like Point Pleas­ant Park. Un­for­tu­nately, if you watch, HRM bags all four of these to­gether when clear­ing out these sep­a­rate bins. The pa­per, or­gan­ics, re­cy­clables and garbage are all bagged to­gether re­gard­less of the dili­gence of Hal­i­fax/Dart­mouth cit­i­zens do­ing their part in putting their refuse into the proper bin. HRM then, I as­sume, tosses out these into the land­fill with­out sort­ing as the HRM cit­i­zens have.


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