Kevin Montgomery R.G.D.

Waste Management: Cyclists Need Not Participate

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I recently had an awkward experience while dropping off my electronic and hazardous waste at the Brampton Recycling Centre, so much so that I wanted to share to get your opinions on it.

I approached the ramp to sort out my electronic waste, when a sign caught my eye that said that no bicycles or pedestrians are allowed up the ramp. Problem: I rode my bike to drop off my waste.

Fortunately, there was an understanding staff member who agreed to take my waste and sort it for me. But this was clearly an unusual situation for us both.

While I expect an argument could be made that this policy is for safety reasons, I have to ask this: If safety is a concern, why did I not see a sign that also bans motorcycles and e-bikes? These are also vehicles that leave their operators equally exposed, yet seem to be permitted.

The Recycling Centre in Brampton is the most comprehensive and convenient means of dropping off items that cannot be left for curb pickup. Yet it seems that there is an unfair bias to exclude cyclists or transit users from participating in drop-offs. There is also a certain irony in the thought of requiring the private burning of gasoline to take part in a program that’s meant to help save the environment.

And I have to ask why? Does this situation reflect an antiquated policy, or an exclusivity that Ford Nation would be proud of which favours cars only?

3 response(s) to Waste Management: Cyclists Need Not Participate

  1. Kevin says:

    An update: I received a reply that Waste Management is currently revamping the signs at the CRCs and when doing so will also consult with the Region’s Health and Safety staff regarding the current policy banning pedestrians and cyclists on the CRC platforms.

    One suggestion was that I being my items to participating retailers. The problem I’ve found with this is there either their hours were too limited, the quantity they accept was too limited, or the kinds of items they accept too limited.

    Then I read this line:

    “…most CRC customers have large loads to drop off that are not conducive to pedestrian or bicycle transportation.”

    Maybe so, but does this not seem to be the obvious outcome to not having accommodation for cycling and pedestrian traffic? Not all items require large transport, such as spent batteries and discarded electronics, yet no solutions are suggested to address this scenario.

    So, will they change their policy to reflect the changes happening in transport choices in Brampton? Who knows. We’ll have to wait and see.

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