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the point of the blog post complained about the point of the news article, which was related to tenants not able to participate in the city's program. the blogger seemed to think that one of the examples in the original article, about a group of tenants who expanded their contract with their private hauler to include recyclables, which conveniently, or so it was reported, reduced their overall disposal costs, and wasn't that enough for them, proved some kind of a backwards point.
well, fellow local blogger and anyone else who isn't listening, (yes, i mean you, gunther wellenstein), the logic, like the garbage to which it refers, smells.
first of all, taxes are taxes, and for mine to be collected just as assiduously as all my trash-pickup-served neighbors, but not extend to provide me with basic trash-hauling services like all of them enjoy, stinks.
furthermore, as me and my tenant neighbors learned when investigating the rates we pay for hauling, (on top of our city taxes, i might add), the cost to me for recycling paper, for example, actually EXCEEDS the amount i pay for general refuse, so, actually, negotiating for recycling pickup at my building and then increasing the amount of paper i recycle actually costs me MORE than if i single-streamed it all right into the hefty with my other trash.
but, sure, everything is rosy if you live out in the highlands and enjoy a visit from the city trucks once a week.
shared-living residences are a far more environmentally friendly way of life than the energy wasting and space wasting profligacy that goes on among the "single families". for us to have to essentially pay to subsidize the environmental irresponsibility of those single family wastrels is adding insult to injury.
i say trash hauling and recycling for everyone, and another great steaming mug of shut the fuck up to anyone who reads a thoughtful critique as posed in the globe article and concludes that folks left to fend for themselves and pay for the privilege are anything but screwed in the process.