Halifax is garbage at garbage cans
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.