Gov­ern­ment must act to curb il­le­gal dump­ing

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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