Coun­cil should re­visit garbage pickup de­ci­sion

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

With great fan­fare re­cently it was an­nounced that we would be con­struct­ing a sec­ond cruise ship berth for Syd­ney Har­bour at a cost of $20 mil­lion, split evenly be­tween the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

That’s great news for Cape Breton. Tourism has a ma­jor eco­nomic im­pact here. Cruise ships brought over 80,000 visi­tors and $23 mil­lion in spin-offs in 2016. The num­bers in 2017 are ex­pected to be even higher.

Can­cel­la­tion of our heavy garbage col­lec­tion, how­ever, is a ma­jor mis­take.

Cape Breton is of­ten named among the most beau­ti­ful is­lands in the world by many mag­a­zines. There would be a neg­a­tive im­pact on tourism to have visi­tors ex­pe­ri­ence garbage piled up as they trav­elled to our is­land at­trac­tions. We want them to leave with a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence so they will give us great re­views and tell their friends.

As former chair of the Glace Bay As­so­ci­a­tion for Safer Com­mu­ni­ties we of­ten dealt with il­le­gal dump sites and this de­ci­sion will not only in­crease this prac­tice but peo­ple’s yards will be­come un­sightly when they can’t af­ford to have it hauled away.

Un­sightly and clut­tered yards will also lead to an in­crease in ro­dents, the num­ber of which has al­ready grown since the flood.

The amount of garbage cre­ated by the Thanks­giv­ing Day flood was as­tro­nom­i­cal but these were not items that would nor­mally be placed on curb side. This was the en­tire con­tents of the many homes af­fected by the flood.

If we can spend a third of the $20 mil­lion cost to build a new cruise ship berth, we need to spend the funds nec­es­sary to keep our com­mu­ni­ties clean so these tourists have an amaz­ing visit to Cape Breton.

Coun­cil needs to re­visit this de­ci­sion. David MacKeigan Glace Bay

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