So­lu­tion to stop il­le­gal dump­ing

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: In re­gards to the dump­ing of refuse on crown and va­cant lands, it is ev­i­dent that the prob­lem has been on­go­ing for years, but is get­ting much worse. This has been pub­li­cized re­cently in our lo­cal press.

I won­der if this is due in large part by the cost or non-avail­abil­ity of our land­fills. Has it ever been con­sid­ered to drop the fees al­to­gether for house­hold or pick-up loads? I ap­pre­ci­ate that the lost rev­enue would have to come from another source, such as in­creas­ing taxes or a gen­eral tax on gro­ceries. The large dump truck loads and garbage trucks would still have to use the scales.

De­mo­li­tion of build­ings and the huge loads of waste they cre­ate could be re­duced by en­cour­ag­ing more re­cy­cling and tak­ing down struc­tures piece by piece. This would en­cour­age small busi­ness. No charge for this style of demo and greater charge for smash and haul.

The hours of op­er­a­tion should also be set so they are open all hol­i­days, week­ends, etc. Could it pos­si­bly be done by a re­duced staff at th­ese times?

I also sug­gest we need some­how to pu­n­ish those that il­le­gally dump — maybe a re­port and re­ward sys­tem. Spot road checks at ran­dom by vol­un­teer groups or au­thor­i­ties.

I ap­peal to those of­fend­ers to take more pride in our sur­round­ings and re­con­sider their ac­tions. How would they feel if we would haul their garbage back and dump it in their yards? Ken Carl­son Pen­tic­ton

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