We’ve got bags!

We’ve got bags for recycling. As denizens of Ville Marie, we were visited by the “bag distribution” girls who gave us a box of 40 new see-through bags. April%20045.jpgThey explained the new recycling guidelines, the changed pickup day and finally warned us not to put anything with a “deposit value” in the bags. This is to avoid having people tear open the bags. I thought this was rather funny. Do not put recyclable soft drink bottles into the recycling bag. So we’ve decided to put those things “next to” the bag so that whoever wants to cash in that nickel may do so.

There are some pluses. You can put nearly every glass, paper, metal and plastic item into the bag. There is no need to sort or separate. They do ask that you rinse your containers, but that was the same as before. I’m hoping their aim of cleaning up the city works, and I hope this reduces the scattered litter that the old bins used to provoke.

6 Comments so far

  1. Laiya (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    Aww, I hope I don’t get the plastic bags. I’ve grown quite fond of my green bac. I actually enjoy separating all my stuff. Now what am I going to do with all my OCD compulsions? Why couldn’t they just give us nets to put over the bins like in Outremont? I don’t even mind if people rummage through my recycling for bottles as long as they don’t mess the careful state of impecable order that exists within the box. Now everything’s just going to be chaos. Paper and plastic together! Scandalous! IMHO, plastic bags are a baaaad idea.

  2. mare (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    The bags are also only available at certain shops and certain times (yes, you have to buy them), and if you store them on your porch the squirrels/cats/critters will open them and make a mess.

  3. Christopher DeWolf (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    Whenever I put out my recycling all of the bottles and cans magically disappear overnight. This is good because I’m far too lazy to properly sort it.

    Of course, none of this matters anymore because somebody stole my recyling bin and I have no choice but to load everything into PA delivery boxes and old Jean Coutu bags.

  4. Jay (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    We’ve been using (blue) bags in Verdun for years now. It certainly does have it’s convenient advantages; a bag for anything paper-related and a bag for pretty much everything else. Easy peasy.

  5. Mikel (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    I remember a time when we put all of our recycling in bags. It was in the 80’s before we heard about global warming and climate change, we put our pop cans and milk jugs in the GARBAGE. It seems like the ville marie is taking steps towards the dark ages here. I know for sure that my bag will get ruined by “scavengers” looking for deposit related materials and I guess that is the ultimate “recycling”. Too bad it will be to the detriment of all the neighbors that have to deal with what’s left strewn about. There really was nothing wrong with the green boxes. I for one am not impressed! Typical ville Marie “governance”. I also liked how it came to be announced in french only and within one pamphlet. Makes me long to move back to Canada.

  6. PurplePig (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    I also live in Verdun where we use blue bags and I hate it. First of all, you have to buy them. Second, you have to use 2 every week, unless you want to keep the bags lying around for another week. Third, a bin takes up a discrete amount of space, whereas bags slop all over the place and look messy. Unfortunately I don’t have a closet I could put them in.

    Hate em, hate em, hate em.

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