‘We’re go­ing to have a mess’

Wildlife group ad­vo­cat­ing for heavy garbage pickup

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Mem­bers of a wildlife group are hop­ing the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will re­con­sider its can­cel­la­tion of the heavy garbage pickup pro­gram.

“If the heavy garbage isn’t picked up Sand Lake Road will be a mess and the Broughton Road will be a mess,” said Stan Peach, trea­surer of the Port Morien Wildlife As­so­ci­a­tion.

“There’s not too many times you go down Sand Lake Road that there’s not some­thing there. I’ve seen fridges, wash­ers, dry­ers, you name it.”

Peach said the sad thing is their mem­bers end up pick­ing up th­ese items to be dis­posed of prop­erly.

The pop­u­lar heavy garbage pickup ser­vice didn’t re­ceive fund­ing when CBRM coun­cil approved a $149-mil­lion op­er­at­ing bud­get last week.

Mayor Ce­cil Clarke says he wants pub­lic feed­back on the is­sue since 4,600 tons of “dam­aged goods” were col­lected fol­low­ing the Oc­to­ber floods.

Nor­mally be­tween 2,8003,300 tons of heavy garbage is picked up dur­ing the spring col­lec­tion.

The mayor said if heavy garbage is a pub­lic pri­or­ity then it will be brought back to coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Peach said the wildlife as­so­ci­a­tion will be look­ing for a way to address the CBRM as they have dealt with heavy garbage is­sues for­ever.

“With no heavy garbage

pickup the prob­lem will dou­ble or triple, we’re go­ing to have a mess on our hands out there,” he said.

Jeff McNeil, a di­rec­tor with the Port Morien Wildlife As­so­ci­a­tion, said if there is no heavy garbage pickup in the spring the il­le­gal dump­ing is go­ing to be worse than ever.

“It’s go­ing to magnify be­cause right now we have is­sues,” he said. “When it comes to heavy garbage we’re just go­ing to see more peo­ple go­ing with pickup

trucks and dump­ing it be­cause it’s go­ing to be eas­ier.”

McNeil said he re­cently re­ported more dump­ing is­sues in the area of Mary Joe Road in River Ryan and com­plaints have come in to the as­so­ci­a­tion from New Bos­ton Road and Wood­bine Road.

He said there has been dump­ing at Kilkenny Lake, the com­mu­nity wa­ter sup­ply, for years in­clud­ing burned cars.

“There are even 13 burnt cars over be­hind the air­port in the

old strip mine.”

McNeil, who is also a mem­ber of the Isle Royale ATV Club, said it’s al­ways the non-profit groups who go out and clean up th­ese ar­eas.

He ques­tions why the CBRM is us­ing the post-flood col­lec­tion as a rea­son for not hav­ing a spring col­lec­tion, when last Oc­to­ber’s col­lec­tion cost may be picked up by the dis­as­ter re­lief fund.

He also ques­tions the prov­ince’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion of eight bags of garage or less as “lit­ter­ing” and eight bags or more as “an il­le­gal dump­site.”

“It shouldn’t mat­ter if it’s one bag or eight bags in the woods, it’s il­le­gal dump­ing. This needs to be changed.”

CBRM com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Christina Lamey said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ap­plied to the dis­as­ter re­lief fund to re­coup the cost of the dam­aged goods pickup af­ter the flood­ing but there is no guar­an­tee it will be re­ceived.

“The flood­ing might have been heavy in Syd­ney and Glace Bay but ev­ery com­mu­nity was af­fected.”

Lamey said the bud­get was done in Fe­bru­ary and the yearend is not un­til late March.

“Coun­cil will be look­ing at this again at year-end and more de­ci­sions will be made.”

She said in the mean­time coun­cil­lors need to hear from res­i­dents.

“We are hear­ing back from peo­ple al­ready which is good.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Stan Wad­den, trea­surer of the Port Morien Wildlife As­so­ci­a­tion, looks over a bar­be­cue some­one dumped about 20 feet into the woods off Sand Lake Road. Peach says if the heavy garbage pickup isn’t held in the spring, the prob­lem of il­le­gal dump­ing will dou­ble or triple.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Nu­mer­ous signs warn­ing against il­le­gal dump­ing can be found all along Sand Lake Road how­ever mem­bers of the Port Morien Wildlife As­so­ci­a­tion say it’s hard to go down this road with­out see­ing garbage.

McNeil

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