There is a mixed bag of quasi environmental news today.
First, the good news. California Gov. Jerry Brown “… signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways,” according to the Associated Press.
Of course – no surprise here – a national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. I say ‘Good luck guys.’ One of the trade group’s arguments: the legislation would “hurt the environment.” Huh?
The local news here in Charlotte isn’t so hot, and ostensibly has made my pathway job that much tougher. We’re down to one street sweeper machine and only one crew to pick up litter in the city streets (note: I do not count as a crew).
The Sept. 30 Charlotte Observer reported this morning that problems with a vendor paid to pick up refuse for recycling has forced the city to pitch in to empty curbside recycling containers and that effort “… has “strained” city resources, according to a memo this week.”
Hence the skeleton armada of machines and litter picker uppers. To make matters worse, reports the Observer, “Starting this weekend, street sweeping and litter pick-up will be done on the weekends.”
Welcome to my world.