Yeah, I felt a little eccentric out there taking beauty shots of the new garbage cans. But, hey they’ve been a long time coming. Thanks to a bit of pressure from our BIA and Councillor Gord Perk’s office, a dozen were finally delivered this week.
The receptacles are part of the City’s coordinated street furniture. Although we got the swanky black ones featuring push-pedal operation of bin doors for trash and recyclables. Smokers take note — there’s a separate cigarette receptacle located front and centre on the grey band.
The bins should help reduce the litter that was accumulating in some places along the street and sidewalks. The push pedal operation means that you don’t have to touch gungy, germ-ridden doors with your fingers and you can operate it easily when you only have one hand free.
We’re hoping the bins will also significantly reduce the amount of cigarette butts being tossed in planting beds and tree beds, let alone the sidewalks and street. Cigarette filters take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years to biodegrade.
Getting smokers to use them is partly a matter of pointing these out to those who are still butting out on the street. Some habits are hard to change, but we’ve all seen how frequent reminders can help change our collective disposal habits.
Given the 17 blocks that encompassed the reconstruction, 12 bins are a bit thin to spread around. Not sure how many more we’re supposed to get or what is driving their placement. There aren’t any next to the TTC stops, which seems an obvious oversight. But perhaps more there are more to come.