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Bob Dunning: The goal is less trash, not smaller cans

By From page A2 | October 18, 2013

OPTIMISTIC THINKING … we all know that the city has decided to charge an extra six bucks a month to those residents who continue to use 95-gallon trash cans, but what you might not know is that the city expects that this will lead to a dramatic reduction in the use of 95-gallon cans … as it turns out, 85 percent of all trash cans currently in use in the City of All Things Right & Relevant are of the 95-gallon variety …

According to Tom Sakash’s recent piece in The Davis Enterprise, “Staff estimates approximately 50 percent of customers would use 95-gallon carts during the first year of the five-year rate schedule.” … now I realize that six bucks a month represents six trips to the Dollar Tree on my side of the tracks, but I strongly doubt a six-dollar incentive is going to budge more than a handful of Davisites into parting with their larger cans … the goal here, of course, is not to get people to use smaller cans, but to generate less garbage …

Those who do make the switch to a smaller can will be doing so because they realize they rarely ever fill their 95-gallon can, so why not save a few bucks? … but they’ll still be generating the same amount of garbage, which means the net gain in terms of the basic goal is zero …

Again, the goal is less garbage, not smaller cans … I mean, no one is going to tell Grandma not to come for Thanksgiving dinner because of the extra garbage her visit might create … but if the city thinks this thing will work, by golly, more power to them …

QUESTION OF THE DAY … my friend William on the Bird Streets wants to know if “possession of a plastic bag for personal use in one’s home” will violate our new strictest-in-the-nation plastic bag ban … in other words, can you purchase plastic bags out of town and use them around the house for whatever task you wish? … unfortunately, no one knows for sure … and I won’t even suggest what you might use them for because I don’t want to run afoul of the new law by aiding and abetting criminal activity … just don’t throw them in the trash or the poor guy they hired to chase them around the landfill will have to start working on Sundays …

The best advice I can offer is once you’re through using those plastic bags, stick them in a distant closet or an attic or give them to the dog to chew on … just don’t take them out into the public airspace or you may be cited …

EVEN MORE BAG QUESTIONS … an anonymous reader sent me an order form for some really cool “draw cord bags” that look especially suitable for taking to the grocery store over and over as a “reusable” bag for carrying items home … the only problem is that this particular draw cord bag is made of plastic … too bad, too, because it comes in four trendy colors, suitable even for shopping at Nugget … at about 20 cents a bag, they’re a million times cheaper than those cloth bags the city is pushing, but again, no one knows if using a plastic tote bag for groceries is legal or illegal …

DANGER, DANGER … anyone who has tried to exit onto westbound Fifth Street from East Davis’ only gas station at 5th and L knows that cars are allowed to park along Fifth all the way to the very gas station driveway where cars are exiting … when cars do park there, as they frequently do, visibility is impossible for those trying to exit onto Fifth … it’s an accident waiting to happen and one the city should fix immediately with a bit of red paint on the curb …

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