Letter: Wasted time, idling vehicles make no sense at dump

Please, somebody do something or more illegal dumping will take place.

To the editor:

I am sure that Kelowna city councillors are far too busy to be doing their own yard work and hauling prunings to the landfill, so let me enlighten them.

Kelowna prides itself in trying to be a ‘green’ city, providing many bike paths and even having an anti-idling bylaw. So why is it, after spending over $5 million on a new building and scales for the landfill, does management refuse to staff to appropriate levels.

On April 6 I arrived at 1 p.m. to fit in as number 18 in line. Ahead of me were many commercial trucks including several of the contract vehicles that are bringing in taxpayer-funded trash collections. All these vehicles are idling while waiting for the young scale and collection person who must weigh all the paying vehicles coming in and leaving as well as collect the fees.

Meanwhile, the second scale and booth sit empty except for the computer running 24/7 requiring an air conditioner to also run all day. I have never seen the second scale in operation.

When I left, the line stretched outside the landfill property and down John Hindle Drive.

So, while the city saves a bit on wages, hundreds of taxpayers must pay for fuel to idle while waiting 10 or more minutes. In my case, as I only bring yard waste, I must wait just to be told: “No charge, dump in area A.”

Please, somebody do something or more illegal dumping will take place.

Bruce Stevenson,

Kelowna

 

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