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Charles Fraser and Garbage 1949

Charles  Fraser and Garbage 1949

A strange situation has arisen in connection with the garbage system which was inaugurated towards the end of last August. When the cans were being distributed each householder or businessman was supposed to get one only. But by some mistake a number of individuals got several which works out very badly for the financial setup of the new service.

Each of the garbage cans cost three dollars and this means if one householder, say, has three of them there goes a nine dollar investment on the part of the town. At the rates of collecting (10 cts a week—$5.20 a year) it will take the corporation almost two years even to get its money back for the three cans.

While the system has been in operation only a few months there have not been too many complaints. Some people of course ask too much of the collectors. It is said that very few people refused of the service and these will be charged for it whether they make use of it or not. At the present time Mr. R. France, town clerk, is making out the first instalment of the 800 bills that will go out to the householders, denizens of apartm ents and occupants of business premises.

These bills are sent out quarterly and are payable at the local branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. It is expected when the new Council gets in the saddle a complete report on the operation o f the garbage collection system during the first quarter will be forthcoming. It is understood there abuses that will have to be forced out and rates to be adjusted. The question of whether Charles Fraser is getting enough for his work is one that is often discussed. But as pointed out by this year’s council he was given the contract at his own figure, though he may have found out since that he tendered a trifle low. Nearly everyone gave the outgoing council credit for instituting the garbage collection system. It filled a long felt want and was a sanitary measure often urged by the Board of Health.

In the past, trash did not disappear; rather, it was everywhere. … Until then, Americans threw their trash wherever was most convenient. Broken dishes were tossed out the nearest door or window, while bones and other kitchen refuse were discarded in the yard where pigs, dogs, rodents, and other animals picked them over.

In the 1800s, the preferred method was horse-drawn carts, whose contents also carried human waste in the pre-sewer “night soil” days. Read-What Was a Honey Wagon?- The Job of a Night Soil Scavenger But by the 20th century they were replaced by pick-up style trucks which would fill their beds with trash and take it to the dump. While a simple and effective method, it posed a number of problems, including the smell of exposed waste, trash flying out of the back while they drove, and workers having to lift heavy loads into the too-high bed of the truck. In the mid-1930s the invention of the dumpster once again evolved the face of waste removal trucks. Invented by George Dempster (yep, that’s why they’re called “dumpsters”), the Dempster-Dumpster system used large bins that garbage men would fill with trash, and that would then be loaded into body using machinery on the trucks.

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Update from our Mayor– Louis A.. Council is on the DONATION BIN problem!

PLEASE keep donating to your local charities. The message in this post is “think before you donate”– do not dump just anything. Our charities NEED your donations. They just do not need things they do not sell. Call them if you are not sure.

I feel for the women of our local thrift shop The Exchange on Allan Street. Instead of worthy donations that would bring in money for the charities they raise, they are shelling out money to have unwanted donations removed. Some of these women are a tad older like myself, and it is difficult for them to wade through the mess people leave. There are some weekends I have seen furniture dumped there, and most know they don’t have a furniture department. Sadly, The Exchange is left to deal with it.

Did you know most castoff clothing dropped off in random parking lot donation bins doesn’t always end up with charities devoted to helping the poor? More and more, clothing collection bins are being operated by for-profit recycling firms or non-profits that give only a small portion of their proceeds to charity. Property owners complain no one asks permission to put the boxes on their land. Organizations aren’t picking up donations quickly, leaving some collection points overflowing.

The Carleton Place BIA has been plagued with these unregulated donation bins in the BIA District. The BIA has requested that Council ban donations bins in downtown Carleton Place that are not directly linked to a downtown business.

The increase in boxes everywhere is because of growing demand for used clothing that can be sold to make rags, making it a “multimillion-dollar business.” Donors needed to be careful and do their research before dropping off items in a bin. Instead, donate to several not for profit businesses who collect used items to have them recycled into our own community. Again, make sure they can sell it, and don’t dump. Call your local waste management for instructions! Everyone’s trash is not always someone’s treasure!

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