Druh Farrell eager to leap into another tax-funded boondoggle.

 While we still await the final costs for the still delayed disaster that some call the “peace” bridge, Druh Farrell the chief proponent of that embarrassment to the city is already trying to have more tax dollars potentially destroyed through fast-tracking a program where the city will compost our coffee grounds.

 The merit of having government take over composting for us is debatable at best and I will be posting some information on the myth of a landfill crisis and the benefits of recycling below.

 Calgary is to begin a $1.3 million pilot project with 8000 homes where a third bin will be added to their fast growing collection of waste bins. The new bin will be for organic waste that can theoretically be converted into a useful compost. I am happy at least that the city is doing a pilot program rather than jumping neck deep into this notion. This is a responsible way to see if the program needs adjustment or is even worthwhile to pursue as a whole.

 Never one to be bound by responsible actions though, Druh Farrell is furious and is demanding that we fast-track the program into full implementation as soon as possible. Never mind the fact that we don’t even have the facility to deal with the waste (estimated to be $60 million or so). Never mind that we have not tested to see if citizens really like the notion of having a bin full of rotting organic waste sitting in July heat for two weeks at a time. Never mind seeing what a true and total cost estimation of a city-wide program may be. Full speed ahead says Druh!!

 I suspect that Druh realizes that the pilot may expose this program to be a waste and a failure thus her eagerness to rush right into it. I may of course be giving Druh too much credit there.

 We are in a city that constantly claims to be so broke that annual tax hikes are the norm yet our council can’t seem to run out of ways to waste our money. Let’s let this pilot project run it’s entire course, look at the outcomes, and then start to discuss if the entire city needs a third waste bin.

 We rushed into recycling in the first place and ended up with thousands of tonnes of glass that nobody wanted piled in our landfill after having been expensively collected and sorted. Do we have a place for a mountain of compost? How about this Druh, why don’t we store the rotting organics in the middle of your precious Kensington while we try to find a facility to process it. That may take some of the shine from the concept.

 Below is video from Penn and Teller’s series “Bullshit”. I do warn, as the title of the series indicates the show is loaded with expletives. Despite the colorful language, the show is packed with facts and realities of recycling including a live experiment of how gullible well meaning urbanites can be at times. I strongly recommend watching the show in full (not at work and not with kids around).

 

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4 thoughts on “Druh Farrell eager to leap into another tax-funded boondoggle.

  1. Ezra Levant had a great show earlier this week on the idiocy of recycling here in the first world.
    My green compost bin (if they ever take my money, buy one, and force me to use it) will remain empty.
    What a rediculous waste of money this initiative, and this councillor, are.

  2. Cory, you say with confidence the “pilot” project is in fact one that may produce evidence that’ll shut down this latest bin boondoggle. I’m not so sure. Like the 10th st bike lane “pilot” project, I’m a firm believer that these get pushed through regardless. Both are green agendas that’ll be spun to make us ohh so stupid citizens realize we just don’t care enough about the environment. This green bin is a go as is the bike lane. Count on it.

  3. Cannot believe that you would actually use the Peen and Teller in an argument against recycling when they have been shown to have their information so wrong in this video. Anyone who is knowledgable in the commodities business knows that this video is jus an exercise in aggressive ignorance. It is true that there are a few cases of disecomomies in the recycling busisness, such as glass on Vancouver Island, but much recycling is very econonomic especially when you factor the escalting cost of landfilling and other forms of garbage disposal. Even in this depressed economy, recyclers have eager buyers for used plastics and metals.Ifthe recycling industry switched from diesel to natural gas, the economics would be even better. At least Penn and Teller’s recycling video was notas bad as the climate one that is complete trash as they obtained almost all there material from a single source that has since been thoroughly discreditted. Thats what happens when you start from a conclusion and work backwards!!!!

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