Originally Posted by You Need A Thneed
However, if they would just get rid of the deposit, so that we could throw the bottles in the recycling bins, that would be the best.
Tell me about it. I've ranted about this at length, but I'm amazed that the entire point of the deposit (encourage recycling) has been defeated with the blue bins, yet we keep charging/reimbursing it. City vs Province, yada yada etc, I don't really care, it's a huge pointless waste of bureaucracy and is leading to annoying problems with homeowners who are trying to do the right thing by recycling everything. I really hope this gets fixed in the next few years. I long ago stopped giving a shit about the $10/month I'd save by stockpiling garbage in my garage for months at a stretch (and then spent an hour on the trek to the smelly bottle depot). The rest of the city should be free to do the same.
Saw green bins in action in Toronto, where they actually have significant amounts of organic waste. In Calgary, it's almost laughable. I think my trees grow about .2 kg per year at this point. I might fill a green bin every decade or so in our climate. Maybe people waste a lot more food than I do.
Their black bins were positively tiny by comparison - I'd be highly in favour of bi-weekly pickup at this point, considering our waste output. Sometimes we go a whole month without putting out the bin(s).