Solution to stop illegal dumping
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