Sam Adams: Portland's Toxic Avenger
Portland’s garbage situation is revolting but I
keep wondering when the garbage revolt begins?
You know the story.
Adams wants to be a recycling hero but even though the city’s residents already
recycle better than just about any other city in the country, that’s not
enough. So a couple of years ago, he
decided that if you live in Portland you’ll get half as much garbage
service, pickup every two weeks, for the same price people paid for weekly
Then your recycling yard debris
and chicken bones will get picked up every week. This failed to take into account diapers, for
adults or infants, rotting food and all the other stinky stuff that goes into
A few people objected at the
time, but government relates differently to citizens these days. They hold lots of public hearings take note
of your objections and then do what they planned to do anyway.
This weekend, temperatures peaked over a
hundred degrees and I’m wondering how many people have a garage or backyard
that now smells like Tijuana. Will
liberty loving Portlanders challenge this stinking recycle plan…or just go
quietly accept the dictates of their masters?