By Andrew Hartshorn, Ottawa Citizen Letter to the Editor, December 11, 2017
Let’s clean up the recyclables
The garbage and recycling collection is disgraceful due to the policies of this city. Box containers simply do not work. Every week there is either plastic crap blowing down the streets, or paper and cardboard soaring on the wind – on to front gardens and into the hedges and trees in the parks. Admittedly it all gets covered in snow; but come the spring, the city looks like a garbage dump.
Why don’t we do what Smiths Falls does and place all the recyclables into clear plastic bags? The contents are easy to see, and it saves the garbage operator two journeys to the curb, thus being more efficient and cost-effective. And there will no longer be streams of plastic and paper detritus decorating our streets.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-hospital-ers-need-help