There are many ways to clean up our act

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Andrew Robinson’s June 19 article, “Dumped at the wrong site,” underscores the ongoing shortcomings associated with provincial waste management programs and policies. There are several steps that could reduce illegal dumping and encourage greater public participation in responsible waste management. They include:

• Extending  the hours of operation for the Robin Hood Bay landfill on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the present 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Establishing small regional waste transfer stations so those with small loads of garbage don’t have so far to go.

• Setting up construction material re-use facilities at those stations to permit the re-use of those materials.

Beneficial byproduct

• Establishing local industrial compost facilities to divert organic waste away from the landfill so it can be recovered and used as high grade topsoil —

something we lack on the northeast Avalon.

• Encouraging increased participation in responsible waste management by operating raffles or ticket draws

for small-load waste carriers —

vans, pick-ups, cars, etc., with gift certificate prizes redeemable at local businesses.

• Creating a site location information campaign to inform the population of the numerous alternatives

they have when it comes to waste disposal.

In closing, I’d like to publicly thank Bill Stoyles and the countless other

residents of the province who take

it upon themselves to keep our

natural environment clean, with no thought of remuneration or recognition.

We all can be part of the solution.

Fred Winsor

St. John’s

Geographic location: Robin Hood Bay, Avalon

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Recent comments

  • Eli
    June 28, 2013 - 13:30

    And that's enough to kill it, right there Chantal.

  • Chantal
    June 27, 2013 - 11:09

    There is just one thing wrong with your plan: it makes sense!