Thursday, July 25, 2013

Norwalk Wheeled Blue Bin Hell

The City of Norwalk has gone insane again... they are taking away all (stealing?) all the blue buckets and replacing them with giant bins on wheels. It's fine for a residential homeowner, problem is they've been doing this with all the business people as well, or apartment dwellers, where people live or work up a flight or more of stairs and have no place to store their new bin on wheels anywhere.

This wasn't thought out... it's a complete mess, creating new hardship for thousands of Norwalk residents. Result, now I guarantee you most of them will just stay on the side of the street, becoming a massive eye sore everywhere, because nobody will know where to put them or what to do with them. They will just take their recyclables to the bin and drop them in, it's already that way, you see them everywhere now, because nobody has anywhere to put them except leave them curbside!

Right now, at Fat Cat Pie, a very popular restaurant, the narrow street that leads down to the parking lot to the Yacht club, is lined with a dozen of these things, one for every tenant in the buildings. Not only is it ugly, it also makes it very difficult for delivery trucks to maneuver what was an already tight situation. I'm sure similar problems are arising everywhere.

There's a lot of other issues associated with single stream recycling, but this isn't what this is about. One size fits all bins are not adequate in an environment where most people don't need such large wheeled bins for the amount of recyclables they generate every week. It means tenants will have to learn how to consolidate their recyclables into fewer community bins rather than each tenant having their own, there just isn't enough room on the street for so many wheeled bins, most of them less than half empty anyway! It's overkill!

What the city did, is replace every blue bucket with a blue wheeled bin... People were in the habit of carrying their blue buckets down the stairs to the street, and brought them back into their kitchen, wherever they kept it inside their apartment or business. We cannot do that anymore! Now we have to find a place to keep this giant wheeled bin outside somewhere, while still keeping recyclables indoors until we take them out. These new bins with lids are great to keep things out of the rain, which has been a big problem for paper getting wet. But now businesses and apartment dwellers need to re-organize some form of community recycling for their buildings, so that we can reduce the number of wheeled bins which have been delivered, or rather dumped on everyone!

Another article... showing pictures of how the trucks lift and dump these wheeled bins: Trust me it's going to get tedious for these guys who are quickly going to opt out of the automated lifting arm and go back to using their own muscle strength, especially with so many bins now at the curb.

Ah... "Alvord and Committee Chairman David McCarthy said smaller, 35-gallon carts are available, but they’re not handing them out yet."

Another good point being made by a comment, is that there are a lot of people collecting returnable bottles from blue bins, redeeming them for cash, who now will either stop doing this, because it will become too time consuming, or go through the large wheeled bins by dumping them out to sort through paper and everything else, leaving a mess.

- ugly overkill! -

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sally's Place Closing

Sally's Place will be closing at the end of the summer. The shop in Westport has been an institution since I was a kid. It's one of the last standing independent record stores in Fairfield County. Even though owner Sally White doesn't like to carry rap or metal because of the language, she stocks a lot of jazz and hard to find sounds. Over the years, the internet changed buying habits, as fewer people listen to music on CDs, record stores vanish. Old timers and even young jazz aficionados are going to miss Sally. I know I will.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Market driven solutions are not symbolic gestures!

Market driven solutions are not symbolic gestures. They work where nothing else works. Just ask WildAid and the amazing work they are doing in China and Africa! Nobody said it was the one and only way. Targeting environmental organizations for trying new strategies is not only pointless, it’s destructive and counterproductive! It’s just plain dumb and opportunistic. Promoting an extreme anti-corporate agenda where natural capitalism fits society’s existing model is like trying to slam a square peg into a round hole!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Green Business Associations Against Nuclear Power

Show me one no nuke organization getting any kind of visible/public money or support from a green company. Why is the civilian nuclear power industry supported by all the business associations in reactor hosting communities?

My answer is that the anti-nuclear community has become too anti-corporate to handle the positive changes of green business, and so have failed to solicit the participation of solar and wind companies in endorsing No Nukes activism.

The other side of the coin is that green businesses have become apprehensive/cautious of the OWS anti-corporate streak now prevalent withing the No Nukes community, and fear the potential backlash from extreme left wing elements who are accusing all green companies, without distinction or nuances, of green washing! Result, the divide gets wider and wider.

The environmental movement used to be the marketing arm of the green jobs movement through cause marketing, like Ben & Jerry's once upon a time supporting peace groups... Now green entrepreneurs know to steer clear of socialist radicals not to undermine their own chances of success. It's a sad situation, born out of stupidity and intransigence, which is bad for everyone.

So rather than organize green businesses of which there are many now, in reactor hosting communities, to join and tip the balance of existing local business associations, in favor of shutting down reactors, the nuclear power industry gets away with sponsoring local business associations to become paid mouthpieces for their pro-nuclear agenda!

It's a failure of the anti-nuclear community to "respect" green business and the aspirations of decent working people, not of the green community being unsupportive of anti-nuclear issues!

For further discussion on this topic join the Green Business for a Nuclear Free Future facebook group.