If a year-round waste collection fee as a cabin owner included curbside pickup, Marg Howe would be more than willing to pay it.
The Bonne Bay Pond cabin owner was reacting to the realization cabin owners in western Newfoundland will eventually be mandated to pay for garbage collection.
People on the east coast have been reacting negatively to notices issued to cabin owners stating they must pay $180 per year for the service. Don Downer, chair of the western regional waste management board, said the local authority is not close to implementing the fee here, but it will eventually.
The concern, said Howe, is she only uses the cabin for four or five months a year, but it would be great for the people living there.
She, and her husband Irvin, voluntarily pays $20 monthly to The Jackladder to drop off their garbage there. Spending about four or five months seasonally at the cabin, it costs the Corner Brook couple about $100 a year.
She would not mind increasing that fee to the $180 per year suggested, if it is a better and more convenient service.
“My only concern then is ... where would we have to bring the garbage in order for it to be collected?” Howe said. “If we have to bring it out to the main road, that would be no benefit to us.”
Howe said it is important to her to learn the details of the service before deciding if she is accepting of it.