logo logo

‘Why couldn’t we put hot sauce on the other ones?’ Karygiannis

Q & A with Councillor Jim Karygiannis on the city’s new green bins

Toronto Sun May 6, 2016 Shawn Jeffords

City Councillor Jim Karygiannis has long been an outspoken critic of the $31-million purchase of new green bins. We asked him about the photos that emerged online this week that appeared to show a green bin chewed through by animals.

Here’s what Karygiannis had to say:

What do you think of the photos and claims an animal chewed this green bin lid?

“When we ordered the damn things I said they’re a waste of money. The old ones worked just as good. If squirrels were dumping them over, people could have hung them up a little higher.”

City staff issued a statement acknowledging that you will on occasion have wild animals chew the green bins, what’s your reaction to that?

“OK, but within a week? The other ones were around for years. You know, within a week? … These things have just been delivered.”

Staff have also suggested there are home remedies that might help ward off the animals.

“They were supposed to be better bins and were brought in so we could use home remedies?”

One of remedies suggested is to use hot sauce on the lid of the bin to repel the animals. What do you think of that idea?

“Why couldn’t we put hot sauce on the other ones? I’m sorry, I said this was a ludicrous scenario. We’ve proven beyond any reasonable doubt it was and people were making fun of us at that time. Now we’re finding out it doesn’t work. And we’re what, in Week One? Can you imagine Week 520?”