Wednesday, January 04, 2012

in the suburbs young protesters write

Evidently, here in my neighbourhood, we are slow learners.

This is the sign that was erected a few weeks ago outside the gates to the community lake - a seasonally upgraded version of the same sign that informed us a few months ago that the area was also not a leaf and pumpkin recycling depot.

For a few years, this entrance to the neighbourhood lake was the site of a temporary leaf and pumpkin depot. Clearly people liked hauling their autumn yard waste to this site, because even after the depot was discontinued, bags upon bags of leaves
continued to appear in the dead of night, along with numerous collapsing jack-'o-lanterns. For years.

The community association tried putting up signs to dissuade the nocturnal leaf dumpers, but finally the City had to step in with something more official-looking.

So far the Christmas tree non-dumping sign seems to be more effective than the leaf and pumpkin one, but it's still early in the tree-turfing season, so I'm not holding my breath. The Fire Hall, a few blocks away, was a Christmas tree recycling depot for a few years, and people are still surreptitiously dumping their bedraggled trees there, years after it was moved to another location. Even though the City now picks up your Christmas tree directly from your back lane as part of the municipal recycling program. The firemen are getting mighty pissed.

The OFKAR and I lamented to each other many times, as we drove past that sign this holiday, that I hadn't thought to save at least one half-rotted pumpkin from Hallowe'en. For old time's sake.


LesleyG said...

There is something very interesting to me about rebellious recycling. Or "recycling" as it were.

Anonymous said...

At our firehall we collect and chip xmas trees by donation every year for something like past 20 years. We usually collect about $3000-$3500 which goes to local charity.

Recently I brought forward the idea of a "pumpkin smash" event where people could toss their pumpkins off the top of our training tower by donation. Downside of this is cleanup but I'm sure we can figure something out.

Allison said...

The next exhibit I'm curating is on recycling; from thrift to modern up-cycling. This post reminds me I need to get started on it.

mister anchovy said...

In the late fall, look in the spots where the leaf waste accumulated and you might find some tasty blewits. This story reminds me of paths in parks. I think when designating a park, the community should wait until a path appears and then enhance the path rather than making a path nobody wants to walk on.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I never considered the rebellious nature of it all, Lesley, but you could be onto something. Guerrilla recycling.

I love this idea, Kelly! I would pay $25 to drop my half-rotted pumpkin off a training tower!
Kudos to you for turning the tree recycling into community assistance.

Glad I could help, Al, in my own little way. Is there any chance that exhibit will be on when I visit? I'd be interested to see it.

I think your path philosophy is an excellent idea, Mr Anchovy. I do notice that similar things happen here in Fish Creek Park, that a well-worn organic path will sometime get a coating of red shale.
But I am not eating any mushrooms or fungi that I encounter unless you are there to test them for me first!

Allison said...

It should be - we're doing with the recycling society, so I'll have to double check. I'll let you know! :)