The following is a copy of a letter to Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza:
I am writing to discuss the issue of yard waste pickup. The proposal to start using plastic containers to store yard waste seems a poor idea, for many reasons.
In additional to the initial — and ongoing — cost of providing the containers, we will be adding another plastic item, made from fossil fuel, to each Davis household. We’re banning plastic bags, yet you advocate huge new plastic bins?
Many times during a given year, every Davis household will need to discard tree limbs and other large items. I don’t understand how those could be placed inside such a container. And what about piles of debris that exceed the capacity of a container? Where will that additional yard waste be stored?
Finally, many of us have small yards; it would be a challenge to find a place to add yet another container.
As far as I can determine from recent news coverage, the primary motivation for the proposed change would be to eliminate piles of yard waste that bicyclists might run into at night. That seems an absurd reason to discontinue a process that works very well, and has done so for years.
I jog at night, and am well aware of any and all piles of yard waste. There’s no hazard; I carry a flashlight, and pay attention to where I am going. I have not fallen into a pile yet.
It also has been suggested that yard waste clogs storm drains. That’s nonsense; organized piles of yard waste do not clog the drains. Loose, flying leaves that remain unraked are the major problem with storm drains.
Apparently, we’re one of the few remaining cities in the state to collect our yard waste with such on-street scoopers. That is not a reason to change blindly and follow our peers. Davis cherishes its uniqueness; we have a well-deserved reputation for doing things better. There are times, and this is one, where being one of few is a good thing. We should be proud to continue handling this cleanup method in the current fashion. The last city standing isn’t necessarily wrong!
I urge you, and your fellow council members, to keep the process just as it is. It works very well.