Friday, November 11, 2011

Curbside Recycling

As the debate surrounding mandatory curbside recycling continues on (even though the RFP was approved, the process could easily continue on for another year), it occurred to me today that if city council really wanted to know what the people of Saskatoon wanted for a recycling program they could just ask us. There was talk of a plebiscite, but in the current age of technology we really don't have to have an official plebiscite to get a really good indication of what people think. Nor do we have to rely on special interest groups. Yes we have the John Gormley snap polls, but we can do better. We can ask the question and then see how people answer. And this can all be done openly and anonymously. Maybe it's not scientific. But, as a citizen, on important issues, I think it's important to be heard.

So, I give you one simple question about recycling. What is important to you in a recycling program. It's anonymous. It's simple. It's straightforward. And, as the results come in, they too will be shown. Will we get the program that we want? Vegas will take your bets.

Looking forward to compiling your results

Hey, and while you're here, why not take this other short survey on issues in Saskatoon.


  1. All I know is I put recyclable material in a bin and it gets taken away every 2nd week.... What is single vs dual stream?

  2. Single stream is when you don't separate the paper and cardboard from the rest of the recyclables and it all gets "co-mingled" and separated later. Dual stream is when you separate them prior to putting them out for pick-up.