Trash Collection by Any Other Name

Austin conducts vote on new sanitation department name

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    Solid Waste Services, huh?

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    by Bruce Felps

    Oh, the cleverness run amok online.

    The City of Austin wants to rename its Solid Waste Services Department, so the folks down at city hall thought it’d be a good idea to conduct an online vote of the citizens’ favorite.

    Um, Caésar Chávez Boulevard, anyone?

    City officials propped up three suggestions — Austin Recycling & Waste Reduction Department (RWRD = "Reward"), Austin Resource Collection & Recovery Utility, or Austin Resource Recovery Utility. They also opened the floor to write-in candidates, and that’s where the shenanigans jump in.

    The citizenry obviously didn’t think much of the three official suggestions, and they’ve filled up 12 cyber-pages, 20 choices per page, with additional options.

    Let’s see now … a scan turns up these frontrunning favorites, and feel free to list your favorites in the comments section:

    • Ministry of Filth;
    • Fostering Energy Conservation and Ecological Sanitation — do the acronym;
    • Dentonoh;
    • Garbage 3:16 — forgive them, they know not what they do;
    • Nickelback;
    • High School Dropout Department, and, my favorite I think;
    • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

    Go help ‘em out. Voting deadline comes up Feb. 10.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He doesn’t care what they call the department as long as they get rid of the trash. She’s been hanging around now for two days. [OK, that one was just schtick.]