I would imagine the city has some type of system to determine which vehicles have gotten fuel and which haven't in order to determine who is doing what. If so it would be pretty easy to look at 2008 fuel used in garbage trucks and 2011 and compare the difference determine methods to improve future processes.
Same with police cars and any city owned equipment.
Does such a system exist?
butwiser - You make a good point. I wonder if should all be putting our cans, say, on the odd number side of the street? That would cut down on emmisions and eliminate a need for two runs down each street.
I believe that this will ultimately be a great program. If Ms. Lester's descriptions are accurate, about 90% of waste is recyclable. So perhaps the pickup schedule might be swapped. Recycled waste could be collected weekly and normal household garbage collected every other week.Secondly, I wish the COV or WM had consulted with Keep Victoria Beautiful. The containers are ugly and too large to conveniently store out of sight. What do realtors say about curb appeal?
While it is great many materials can be salvaged and prevented from going into the landfill, it is not without a price. Once upon a time, a single truck drove down my street. Garbage was collected from both sides by two people. Now a truck has to drive down each side of the street and another truck has to follow to pickup other wastes that are not in the huge can. Now we will have another huge can (which sets outside in public view because they are too large to go in the garage) that has to be collected from each side of the street. So we have gone from 1 truck trip to 5. Just look at the fuel difference and air emissions. It takes a truck driver for each truck so we are still at three employees. Since there is no place to process the material, it will have to be trucked to San Antonio or Houston for processing. More truck traffic and fuel is used. And of course, don't forget the increase in your city bill. I am not saying we should not recycle, just don't think it eliminates environmental issues.