The city has decided to not begin fining people just yet for not using the new biodegradable bags for yard waste. I agree that most people just need clear instructions and reasonably durable bags to do this, and I’m glad to see that behavior has already changed quite dramatically:
Before the program was implemented earlier this year, the city sent more than 1,200 tons of green waste a month to landfills. Now, it sends none and collects less than half of what it did in green waste, all of which is delivered to companies that recycle it and turn it into mulch or compost.
Marina Joseph, a spokeswoman for the solid waste department, said there has been no uptick in the amount of garbage the city has collected, an indication that people are not just putting their grass clippings in the garbage.
I wonder if there’s been an uptick in the number of mulching lawn mowers purchased, or if people have just been saying “The hell with it, I don’t need to rake after I mow”. Either way, it looks like the city has achieved its goal.