This subject has addressed in past years but this is not a ‘recycled’ column.
Inspiration comes from two incidents in the past week.
I received a call from a concerned citizen asking who enforced environment laws. He walks his dog at the end of Tweedsmuir Street and was upset by the mess. He mentioned there is usually some garbage but he had come across a much larger mess on his last visit.
I referred him to the City of Flin Flon Bylaw officer as it is in City limits. Manitoba Conservation and Climate is the place to call outside of City limits.
When I was leaving work, I observed a truck and trailer with brush enter the lot across the street. The driver stopped at the back end of the lot and unloaded the brush from his trailer.
This is illegal dumping. It happens in many places around our community.
It is very hard to get sufficient evidence to charge and fine these polluters.
All of this reminded me of a customer who dropped off recycling and wanted to leave a screen tent he no longer wanted. We told him we don’t take them. He didn’t want to go to the landfill just for that.
He is not alone. Others that we don’t see leave a variety of non-recyclable items. Yesterday it was two vacuum cleaners.
These things belong in the landfill. The tipping fee of $10.00 is a small price to pay to keep our community clean and wild areas wild.
On a positive note, we receive many calls for information about where the best ‘away’ place is for a variety of items. These people want to do the right thing.