With any luck, waste disposal in the Greater Daglan Area (the disposal of household garbage and recyclables) is not going to become a standing feature of this blog. However, there is now enough evidence to suggest that it’s time for me to add a third post on the topic, following my posts of February 7 and February 16.
In those first postings, I struck what I thought was a generally positive note. The new bins that were being installed at several locations around Daglan early in the year looked nice and modern. However, there were concerns — mostly about their capacity. Previously, household garbage and packaging to be recycled were placed in very large bins on wheels, with covers. The new bins not only looked smaller, but it seemed that there were fewer of them.
It now turns out that the concerns about the new, modern bins were well founded. Several days ago, I made my first journey to one of the collection points. With a load of household garbage, glass bottles, and cardboard cartons, I drove to the bins now located on the parking lot of Daglan’s salle des fêtes, or community hall.
There are only three bins there — one for garbage, one for packaging to be recycled, and one for glass jars and bottles. And guess what? The bin for packaging was already packed. Impossible to stuff in any more cardboard.
So then I drove over to the bins now sitting beside the parking lot next to the village cemetery. And although I didn’t have a huge amount of cardboard, it seems that I managed to fill one of the bins all by myself. By the way, here’s what the bins look like:
Then, yesterday, I returned to the same row of bins with yet more waste — including a number of cardboard boxes that we had broken down and flattened. And things were even worse — all of the bins designated for packaging material were already full. I did manage to squeeze a couple of smaller bits of cardboard into one of the bins — but finally had to concede defeat. So I placed the remaining flattened boxes, as neatly as I could, beside one of the bins.
This is not just a problem for me. In fact, we have a number of friends and acquaintances who are really incensed about the state of waste disposal here — including the fact that some of the bins have been placed near their homes. And if there are simply not enough bins, then people will (inevitably) put the excess waste on the ground, around the bins. And it won’t just be cardboard — it could include household waste, creating a handy take-out restaurant for vermin.
Photos of the unsightly clumps of garbage around bins that are already overloaded are now appearing on Facebook — and believe me, the language used to describe the problem is pretty angry. So, there are storm clouds ahead, and not very far ahead.