Originally Posted by rob_1412
Great subject matter and kick-ass photography (as usual!).
[Edit:]I noticed that in the street views on trash pickup day, virtually every house has recycling tubs at the curb. I wish we could get that kind of participation; in my neighborhood it's less than twenty percent participation.
That looks like a heavily owner-occupied area, and we have a lot of rentals; that may have a lot to do with it. My neighbors party a lot, and they'll put out three 30-gallon cans, all overflowing, with aluminum and glass and recyclable plastics all just thrown in with the trash.
Curbside recycling is automatically charged to all utility customers, but most don't use it even though they're paying for it. Trash is as trash does, I guess.
I don't know what the stats are for recycling in Hamilton, but upper middle class Canadians are generally pretty conscientious. There aren't many rentals in this neighbourhood and the houses start at $300k.
There is also a one container limit being phased in on garbage pickup, so it's an incentive to recycle. Hamilton has blue box, green cart, leaf and yard waste pickup and backyard composting programs to help reduce the amount of trash.