Government must act to curb illegal dumping
I would like to comment on a story headlined “Irate over illegal dumping,” which appeared in the May 1, 2012 edition of The Compass.
Spaniard’s Bay Mayor John Drover is right. When I saw the picture the first thing that came to mind was when I visited cabin country in Ontario a few years ago as part of the Greater Avalon Waste Management Committee. They had had stations set up where cabin owners could take there waste and put it in containers to be collected.
Last fall, while hunting, we hunted the Markland Road quite a bit, and we all remarked how clean it was. Maybe a pop can but that was all. When we came to the Fox Marsh area, what a difference. No trouble to find old siding and things dumped in the woods.
When all this started there was supposed to be one elected committee to look after garbage for the Avalon. They were to collect and dispose of our garbage and any construction material. Then the MMSB came along and things changed. Anything that could be collected to make a dollar was taken over by MMSB — tires, aluminum, etc.
What was left in the waste stream was very little to offset the cost to taxpayers.
Government is only doing half the job. They get on TV and cut a ribbon to open a paint recycling program. Where is the list of stores where we can take our old paint? Don’t say on the web. Give the public the whole story. Tell them what to do with old tires they have laying around.
Lets get a site for old construction material and anything else towns don’t collect. If not, our countryside will only get treated like a dump. And make it user friendly.
The old incinerator site in Harbour Grace was supposed to be such a site. What happened? Why can’t tires be shredded before they are shipped out? There’s a job or two that could be done here.
The fact is that if towns don’t collect it, there is a good chance that it will end up in our countryside.
Mayor John is right. Government and the MMSB are good at having their pictures taken. Maybe they should take a walk in the woods and take their camera along if they want to get a true picture of the job they are doing.
Frank Evely Sr. is a former municipal councillor. He writes
from Clarke’s Beach