An unlikely pairing – Cobourg Taxpayer Association (CTA) President Lydia Smith – and activist Wally Keeler, joined forces at Monday’s C.O.W. Council meeting to point out the “blight” of Trash Cans on Cobourg’s Waterfront. As Wally said, “Trash cans do not have to be trashy-looking”. Lydia gave three examples of trash cans that are in poor shape and said that they could be decorated or as a minimum re-painted. To illustrate her point, she presented photos of three examples – one near the cenotaph in Victoria Park, the second on the harbour front promenade and the third at the Ecology Garden (see photos below). As Lydia said: “Our waterfront does not deserve this string of blight, but a string of bright trash bins that displays our civic pride in the crown of our waterfront.”
At right is a photo of the trash can at the cenotaph – Lydia described the situation:
This first bin serves the zone of respect around the Cenotaph. The bin is surrounded by solemn beauty and a well-tended garden. In a sad contrast, it sits like a wardrobe malfunction of benign neglect.
The other two are included in the gallery below.
After Lydia explained the problem, Wally explained what creative alternatives were possible.
Instead of mediocrity, why not have bright, beautiful and cheerful beach colours? Fun as opposed to formal and conservative heritage colours.
Trash cans do not have to be trashy-looking. Trash bins can be a venue for creativity and art as a bonding opportunity for community and as an enhancement to our waterfront. This is trash talk we can all get behind.
Wally suggested that the Town ask local artists to decorate cans – or perhaps include it in the next “battle of the brushes”.
Let’s not forget that we do at least HAVE trash cans around town and that usually they are regularly emptied.