What does Comox Valley Regional District ‘hope to achieve in the big picture?’

Dear editor,

Re: Regional district waste disposal.

Dear editor,

Re: Regional district waste disposal.

This Saturday, I must decide whether I support the proposed garbage and recycling pickup program. My initial reaction is to reject the idea.

I currently dispose of all my garbage for just the price of a few litres of gas by driving up a logging road and pitching it off the bank. There’s nothing more satisfying than beating the system.

Now that I have your attention, we don’t really do that. But seriously, by questioning everything that we throw into the garbage, being somewhat careful of what we purchase, and maximizing the opportunities for recycling, our annual waste disposal costs currently sits at four or five trips to the dump, and usually at the $4 minimum.

Most weeks we don’t even fill a grocery bag with garbage. There is little to make me want to spend $150 plus per year when I currently spend a fraction of that.

But are there arguments that it would be for the greater good if the proposed system came into being? Would it cut down on roadside dumping? Would it encourage more residents to keep their recyclables out of the garbage? What other significant benefits are there to the program?

I had a quick look at the regional district’s website and found plenty of facts about the proposal, but little about what they hope to achieve in the big picture.

I would be interested to hear more debate.

Tim Fairbank,

Black Creek

 

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