I got a notice in the mail today informing me that garbage pick-up service is being cut in half (every 2 weeks from every week) and fees are increasing by about 8%.
Isn't this actually a more-than-doubling of charges per pound/volume of removed trash?
I'm unimpressed by the promise of a "Food Waste Recycling Bucket" for rodent/vermin attraction. I already compost everything that is not animal based (gristle/bone), and incinerate the bones in periodic "food barbeque" fires or feed them to the cannibal chickens.
The "Portland Composts!" tub looks to be a useful size to become a vacation cooler or chicken-food protector. I'm sure it will do some good somewhere, but like the last round of mandatory rolling plastic garbage containers, it supports enemy factories in Red China.(Begin foreign policy comment:
Remember how the Red Chinese Army basketball team respects Americans and fair-play in general? Good job with getting some slave labor into our "Green living", Portland planners.
BTW, there are Chinese folks who appreciate our business and continued existence, they live on the island of Formosa in a Country called Taiwan. We should sell them lots of F-16's with the newest-best anti-Red AF night-fighting all-weather avionics and sub-light-speed artificially-intelligent stealth air-to-air missiles. They are spending US$5.6B on upgrades of older aircraft (like F-4 Phantoms?) and paying cash for it. They want to spend even more to get the newest F-16's, and we should sell them plenty! We need more trading partners like this, who actually pay us for what we do best! (end foreign policy comment)
I expect sloppy people to leave their now-over-full garbage cans on the curb, rotting in the sun, for an extra week before pickup. Will there be cash-producing fines for non-compliance with the new "Green" regime? Count on it.
Rodents spread disease. Rodents multiply on garbage not picked up and processed swiftly. Expect plague, after finding mouse pee stains and chew marks on your stuff. Anthropologists find a link between garbage in the streets and rapid depopulation in many defunct societies. I suspect garbage precedes depopulation, not the other way 'round. Thank you, Mayor Sam Adams, and your highly-paid planning classes for the continuing demise of the previously-successful City of my birth.