I know what you're saying: Oh God, not this again. He's going to go on about recycling poachers again, like he does over and over and over. It's true! It's one of my Personal Obsessions. No, seriously, it bothers me for a couple of legitimate reasons: (1) Every Monday night, there's constant noise outside my window as these little fucking shits systematically empty every single recycling bin in my neighborhood, and (2) they're not especially careful about it, so a lot of extraneous paper and shit gets taken out of the cans and scattered about, increasing the Net Dirtiness Factor of me neighborhood. Also, some of it is Purely Irrational Hate at this point. You can talk to my former shrink about that; he could probably explain it better than I could.
But now we have an opportunity to do something pointless and futile about it! As you may or may not know, Recology is seeking a 21.51% rate increase, which would mean an increase of around $7 for most people. If you're a renter, you probably don't pay for garbage and don't give a shit about this. BUT BUT BUT even if you're a renter, you still get to protest this and at least bitch about recycling poachers in the process. HERE'S HOW.
You can write a letter! The Department of Public Works is having a hearing on Friday, June 13, to consider written protests. Here's your chance to bitch about this. Send your angry-ish, but not crazy-sounding, letter to:
Refuse Collection Rate Hearing Officer
c/o Department of Public Works
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 348
San Francisco, CA 94102
Here's what you might say: "I hear that Recology is trying to raise their rates. Presumably they're doing this because they need more money. I've got a great idea! They're losing a huge potential revenue stream to recycling thieves every year. Instead of raising rates on their customers, how about taking some simple steps to combat this problem? One solution might be locking recycling bins. The City of Pasadena managed to do this for only $1.34 per month. If Pasadena can do it, certainly San Francisco can, no? What, is Pasadena better than us? If that's what Recology thinks, why don't they just move to Pasadena then?"
No, wait, I got a little carried away. Delete those last two sentences. Jazz it up however you want, but remember: "Each protest must identify the subject premises (by street address or
refuse collection account number) and include the signature of the
customer submitting the protest." So put your address on it and sign it.
Now, if we can just get you and everyone you know and everybody else in this godforsaken city to do this, we'll get somewhere. This is never going to work. Never mind.