Letters to the Editor

It’s getting harder to do the right thing

To the editor:

I don’t complain often, in fact, I’m a good little conformist: I compost, I separate and recycle, I use my yard waste bins (and sometimes all of my neighbours) for my leaves in the fall, I donate items that can still be used rather than throw them out. I am, in fact, the typical Kelownite who does the right thing when it comes to our city’s waste system.

At this time of the year my family spends a weekend cleaning up around the house, and like most families we had a little extra garbage that could not be considered either a good donation, yard waste or recycling.

I had one bag left which I took to our landfill—$6 to dispose of one bag of garbage.

I then decided I needed to make that money back so I went to the bottle depot to get their clear recycling bags. I separate my bottles and cans at home so I can save room at the sorting tables for our shopping cart recycling heroes as they do not have homes to do their sorting. I was asked for twenty cents a bag this time.

I am beginning to realize why the ditches, Crown land and backyards of the province are starting to fill up with garbage, batteries, lumber, dead cars, appliances, etc.  It is getting quite expensive to do the right thing and take our refuse to the appropriate areas for disposal or recycling.

Like a good conformist I paid the $6 at the landfill, I paid the twenty cents a bag at the bottle depot, I took the refuse to the appropriate areas. I am proud of myself for doing this, just a little lighter in the wallet like the rest of the citizens who are doing the right thing.

All I can hope is that the user fees Kelowna waste services collect from the good citizens is used to do the right thing as well. I hope it is used to clean up the illegally dumped refuse, not to cover yearly wage increases for municipal managers who implemented higher user fees.

J. Kelly,

Kelowna

 

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