One of the people who inspired this is Bea Johnson, the mother of zero waste
movement. We actually make consumer choices that make it so we don’t create
waste. I am appalled the City is making us create waste and making us pay for it. I
know we’ve been through this, one thing that is important to me when I was listening to
a lady from Oregon State University in December about Boyd’s glacier and it is
basically destabilized and it is the size of the state of Florida. It was about climate
change. It all ties in together. My takeaway was that she said that local individuals can
make change more than federal and international. You can keep punishing me but you
aren’t going to force me to create garbage and pay for it – I guess you can force me to
pay for it—but I will be on the right side of history on this. I hope someday you figure it
out. It is up to the individuals, not the City or federal government. Individuals and how
we act. I am going to continue to fight to do zero waste. I hope you will honor that and
will make a recommendation for me to allow us to do that.
Moermond: you omitted corporations in terms of responsibility.
Botz: they are considered individuals.
Moermond: we’ve talked previously about this being a 5 year contract with no allowance
for zero waste in it. It has been clear in City’s feedback that there should be
consideration for people such as yourself. There is actually an advisory committee
tonight. Your voice is being heard about how we move forward. I’m stuck with the
current contract, the 5 year contract, in which all people with 1 through 4 unit dwellings
are charged to provide service in a similar way. We know we can get you on six month
service hold or unoccupied dwelling. That will decrease the amount too.
Botz: we were actually out of the country last winter, doing distance learning. That was
legit, but I’m not going to be dishonest and say we’re out of the country.
Haas: we ask that the form is submitted through the hauler.
Botz: I did have to agree and they were serious about verifying we were out of town. It
was actually asking us to sign and verify. I’m not going to do something dishonest.
Haas: it does require what you are stating is accurate. We can’t put a hold if a resident
is living in the home.
Moermond: if you are living there you are correct, you can’t have a service hold. I’m left
with that minimal level of service and I know you disagree. Continuing to voice your
concerns is the best thing at this level.
Hass: the current contract expires October 2023.
Moermond: so a year and a half left. Continuing to voice like you are is the best thing
you can do.
Botz: we aren’t going to live like consumer pigs and if you are going to force me to pay
and to go through the channels. I’ll come and go do a presentation again. Hopefully I’m
educating and not wasting my breath.
Moermond: March 23 is your opportunity to speak to the Council.
Botz: sign me up. How much time will I get?
Moermond: normally 2 minutes, but you can submit information ahead of time if you’d
like them to see and consider ahead of time.