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City Hall Talks Trash, Decides to Can Garbage Day

March 20, 2009 7:05 AM | News

Garbage and RecyclingThe City spent a good portion of the day on Thursday discussing changing the name of Garbage Day to Recycling Day. The issue was raised after a Winnipeg Transit bus driver, Don Woodstock, brought the issue to two city councillors.

The EPC (Executive Policy Committee) has moved to recommend the name be changed. If it passes a vote by city council, it will become official. At this point, it seems very likely the name change will take place.

I’ve been monitoring Twitter feeds over the past few days and the majority of people feel that even talking about this topic is a waste of time, especially at City Hall. As one Winnipegger wrote, “This is how Sam Katz occupies his day… talking about what to call it when you put your trash outside? Give me a break! Deal with some real issues.”

WinnipegFreePress.com did a poll on Thursday and asked readers which name they prefer. More than half chose what is currently known as Garbage Day.

Recycling Facts (via Recycling101.ca)

  • Since 1950, Canadians have consumed as much as all the generations before us combined.
  • In North America, we produce enough garbage each day, to fill 70,000 garbage trucks. Lined up bumper to bumper, over a year, they would stretch halfway to the moon.
  • To create just one kilogram of consumer goods, manufacturers create five kilograms of waste.
  • When our trash disappears off the curb it is buried in the ground where it can remain, unchanged for centuries.
  • Canadians take home more than 55 million plastic bags each week.