That's the message the City of Hamilton has placed on its website in a bid to convince citizens to comply with the municipality's one bag garbage limit, which will be enforced in April. See full Spec story here
In the midst of the worst economic downturn in recent history, and in the throws of the economy being stimulated, Hamilton's message appears wrong headed and mis guided. , despite any noble intent.
Hamiltonian, Paul Martini took exception to that message, adding: "I found this interesting at a time when we are trying to stimulate our economy," he said in an e-mail to The Spectator.
Mr. Martini's views are supported by John Dolbec, Executive Director of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Dolbec said : "Why not just have everyone live in a cave and that will really cut down on purchases?" "To encourage people to become almost hermitlike doesn't strike me as being terribly productive," said Dolbec, adding the chamber supports recycling efforts and reducing the output of what ends up in landfills. "But there are other ways of doing it other than asking people to slow the economy down."
Councillor Maria Pearson, despite being the outgoing chairperson of the city's economic development and planning committee, doesn't seem to be connecting the dots or, at minimum doesn't appear to be fully recognizing the adverse trade-off. . "I don't have a problem with them trying to encourage residents to think about what they are doing on a day-to-day basis," said Pearson.
Is this an example of backward thinking in Hamilton? At a time when people are struggling to get or keep jobs, should we be encouraging consumers to buy less? As John Dolbec said, aren't there ways of being responsible with our waste management without hi-jacking our economic recovery? Or as blogger WRCU2 suggests- buy smarter, not less?