I disagree with The Enterprise editorial: “Taking out the garbage: Leaf bins will help city meet its mandate” (March 4). I love The Claw.
I think requiring the plastic bins everywhere is just part of the current City Council’s never-ending push to make life in Davis more expensive and difficult, without accomplishing much else.
The Claw was invented at UC Davis. It is ideally suited for most of Davis with its many fruit and shade trees. Where it’s not well-suited due to special circumstances, plastic bins are already required. Where needed, bike lanes have been double-striped, which works well as a safety measure.
The net effect of issuing thousands of plastic bins on increasing composting is likely to be nil. Like many others, I already compost vegetable kitchen waste, egg shells and coffee grounds on-site. Plus with bins, it’s certain that more garden waste will end up in the garbage either by mistake or on purpose during weeks when the plastic bins are full. The volume of this misdirected yard waste is likely to be more than amount of kitchen waste that finds its way into the plastic bins.
Effective program? Nope. Raising rates, reducing services, while accomplishing nothing with great fanfare seems to be what the City Council is about these days. I’m ready for a change, come this June. How about you, dear reader?