#StadiumII Lackluster Design Produces No Energy

It’s hard to look at another new stadium, and not feel some shame about the new Mosaic Stadium with its 4 drinking fountains. Let me guess, the urinals in Regina’s use water too?

How could our elected officials permit construction of a stadium in this decade and not have it generate a single kilowatt of electricity, or use a drop of grey water? It was an opportunity squandered by people who don’t care that we’re a people living well beyond our world’s means.

The good news? We have a municipal recycling service, and it appears to be used to some degree at the new stadium.

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The City of Wastegina

Wastegina, SK – The City of Wastegina would like to remind you during this special time of year, the True Meaning of Recycling is its profitability.

Not all citizens agree.

Laura Mack said, “It’s extremely disappointing and disillusioning that they are refusing to recycle wrapping paper because it “would not bring in as much money for the company or the city,” and not because it cannot be recycled.”

With Wastegina’s Waste [mis]Management, it’s always the same crap, different pile.

Aug. 13, 2014: “Waste services manager with the City of Regina, Roberta Engel, said Wednesday they are at an 18 per cent diversion rate which is well on the way to the 2015 goal of diverting 40 per cent of household waste to the dump site.

“We’re easily keeping up with the demand on the collection and processing side, but the city would really like to encourage residents to recycle more.”

Engel added 12 per cent of what residents put into the blue pins is contaminated, meaning 15,000 tonnes of recyclables are still entering the landfill.”

Feb 13, 2015: “40 Per cent of residential waste that was hoped to be diverted from the landfill by the end of 2015. The diversion rate currently sits at 18.4 per cent.”

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Regina Recycling Oxymoron

Why is Regina a laggard city?

“A new report shows Regina lags behind several other Canadian cities and regional municipalities when it comes to waste management.”

“Municipal Benchmarking Network (MBN) Canada’s 2015 performance measurement report examined the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by 16 municipalities, 11 of them in Ontario.

The report found Regina diverted the lowest percentage of residential waste at 17.8 per cent. Only 0.25 tonnes of residential garbage was diverted per household in Regina – the lowest amount among the municipalities.”

Regina is charging people for recycling on a utility bill. Maybe it’s time to charge for garbage and make recycling “free” part of other taxes. This was advised against by Darren Hill of Saskatoon, who points out this could contaminate the recycling stream as people try to avoid putting actual trash into their brown bins. Yet Regina is sucking with the current system, so something else must be tried.

What A Waste

The City of Regina’s not going to provide cost savings for Regina residents living in multi-family dwellings. Instead of integrating the recycling load from apartments and condos into the stream already being collected from single family dwellings, they are making individual property managers arrange and collect payment for it from other recyclers.

Other recyclers, by the way, were left out of the deal the City made with Loraas Disposal a year ago. This has left the other recyclers with a huge cut in customers for over a year, before the City aims to decree on Thursday that it will require tens of thousands of people to become customers on News Years Day, 2015.

Additionally, the Big Blue Bins are being wasted; left as paper-only bins. The facility exists now to collect metal, plastic, paper, and glass in those bins, but the City wants to stall until the end of next year before deciding to re-examine the use of the Big Blue Bins. If changed now, they’d provide city-wide recycling before New Years Day next year.

3. That Administration brings forward a report in the fall of 2015, reviewing the Big Blue Bin (BBB) program and its relevance alongside a fully-implemented City-wide residential recycling program.