TORONTO -- Starting the evening before recycling day and often working all night in neighbourhoods throughout Toronto, scruffy-looking scavengers armed with dilapidated shopping carts sift through the city's blue bins, grabbing beer and liquor bottles to return for refunds.I know it's been a crazy summer, but I must have missed the press conference when Toronto City Council announced that all murder, robbery and violent crime had been stopped and would no longer trouble us, allowing the city to refocus its efforts on the imminent conversion to a 100% renewable economy. That's the only plausible explanation for the city spending any kind of time or energy on this "problem".
It's a trade that city officials are planning to stamp out.
What? That never happened? Shit, that must mean we're governed by morons then.
The city is caught in a real dilemma, though: the Blue Box program -- mandated by the province -- sucks balls. The reason scavengers are going through people's blue boxes is the same reason deposit programs universally work way, way better than curbside recycling: what gets rewarded, gets done. It's a feature, not a bug, people.