Smarter and Easier: A New Blue Box Visits your Curb

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Is Blue Box litter frustrating you?

Do you want a better Blue Box?

I've spoken to many residents in my City who have expressed their frustration with the Blue Box. Anyone who has woken up on garbage day to see their street strewn with recyclables knows exactly what I'm talking about. Blue boxes tipped over, plastic water bottles rolling around on the street, newspapers flying in the air...sound familiar? All it takes is a slight gust of wind to create a mess, but on the really windy days, it's a disaster to clean up. Statistics from York Region municipalities show that Blue Box litter contributes to over 70% of the litter in parks, ponds, streets, and other outdoor public spaces. Imagine how clean our neighbourhoods would be if we eliminated this problem!

Many older homeowners have expressed how difficult it is to drag or pick up their Blue Box to bring it to the curb. Seniors and people with physical disabilities experience this problem every garbage day. They may injure their backs or trip and fall while trying to lift, push, or pull their Blue Box. If the Green Bin can have wheels, why can't the Blue Box have wheels too, right?

Blue Box litter is having a harsh impact on the environment and on homeowners' peace of mind. The current Blue Box has been a never-ending problem for years. It's frustrating that politicians and municipalities refuse to take a proactive approach to fix this problem. Do you agree that the Blue Box needs an upgrade?

I'm proposing a new and improved Blue Box, which will:

1. Have an attached lid

2. Have wheels

3. Be a few inches taller

You can be part of this movement and make a difference. Sign this petition if you agree that York Region needs the new Blue Box that I am proposing. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, and feel free to share your own "Blue Box Litter Story” in the comment section. :)


Daniela Palma

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