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March 14, 2010

Smile. You've got garbage - Winnipeg & Garbage, 2010 (by Margaret Ullrich)

Politicians in England - who have way too much time on their hands - are proposing to put microchips in the garbage bins to record the amount of garbage folks are throwing out. They might also take pictures.


Monkey see, monkey do. We might end up doing the same.

Actually, it could end up being an interesting collection of photos. Never the same line up from one week to the next.


I'll explain.


The dust has settled around the garbage in the north end.

Some are still fighting the system. They keep putting their garbage carts out on their own driveway, forgetting that there's no service on their side of the back lane. But, for the most part, people are trying to make the best of a really dumb idea.


The problem with garbage is that the amount varies from one week to the next. A family could be going along quite nicely with the regulation size bin until a once in a while thing happens. Something like a large family party or a teenage son's sudden growth spurt. You know. Life.


What to do with that week's extra garbage? I mean, it didn't fit with this week's load and next week will see the same sized load. It just keeps coming.


Some folks, caught by the crap, have been making like Santa Claus. First thing in the morning they're creeping around back lanes, toting a full bag or two of garbage. These not so lively old elves are checking out their neighbors' cans, hoping someone has room for one more. When they luck out, well, it's like winning the lottery. Halleluia!!! They can go home garbage-free!


Think of the happy expressions those microchips will capture. Oh, if only they had audio!


Well, it's one way for politicians to get to know the voters.


Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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