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.
• 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.