Re­cy­cling dump­sters help di­vert waste

The Compass - - OPINION - Edi­tor’s note: the fol­low­ing let­ter was writ­ten to Har­bour Main MHA Tom Hed­der­son, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion, and copied to me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing The Com­pass, and other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

As reign­ing min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion, you and your pre­de­ces­sors have made some pro­found de­ci­sions per­tain­ing to the health and safety of our wildlife and wilder­ness re­sources.

Many times is­sues re­gard­ing our Ge­orge River cari­bou, the cod fish­ery and the prob­lems with in­dis­crim­i­nate dump­ing have been han­dled too lit­tle, too late.

The dangers of re­mote cabin de­vel­op­ment will never go away be­cause as I quoted in pre­vi­ous let­ters many folks just don’t get it.

With all that said, it’s not all doom and gloom en­vi­ron­men­tally in this prov­ince, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the place­ment of dump­sters in key lo­ca­tions on the North Shore and Perry’s Cove in Con­cep­tion Bay. Newco Met­als of St. John’s have done a great job in giv­ing the lo­cals re­cy­cling dump­sters to throw their scrap.

The vol­ume of junk scrap that has been di­verted from our wilder­ness ar­eas is as­tound­ing. What a great way to re­use mankind’s 21st cen­tury lux­u­ries.

Newco Met­als and other small auto wreck­ers have done a re­spectable job, also, of round­ing up old car wrecks and buses lately. I know this is not rocket science, but we do have to start some­where and show­ing good stew­ard­ship to the land is a long time com­ing.

The ques­tion is: Are we go­ing to main­tain this cul­ture of en­vi­ron­men­tal safety in the years to come, or are old habits go­ing to die hard? What­ever choices we make it’s about the sur­vival of our ecosys­tems and their bio di­ver­sity.

Ev­ery lit­tle thing we do mat­ters, folks. We only have one earth.

— Tony O’Leary writes from Western Bay

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