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Beginning today, residents who want to take garbage to the Wild Cove dump site will be required to pay for disposal by weight.

Those with waste to dispose of will need a debit card to pay for disposal after heading to the facility.

Those in charge of this new regional waste system are confident that adding a cost to dispose of garbage won’t lead to an increase in illegal dumping.

Let’s hope they are correct.

Events near St. John’s last week aren’t encouraging for the future in this area. In the eastern region, there is no charge to dispose of residential garbage, and even there last week, a number of people were charged and fined for illegal dumping after they were caught on camera tossing their garbage on remote roads near the capital.

If these thoughtless people won’t take the time to dispose of their garbage at a dump for free, what are they going to do in the Bay of Islands region when there is a cost?

A small minority of us don’t seem to care about our environment and will toss any amount of garbage out of the back of vehicles into an otherwise pristine area where they feel they won’t get caught red handed.

But you don’t even have to go into the backcountry to see the lack of caring. Just take a walk around almost any community to see roads and ditches filled with disposed items that could easily be taken home and put in a proper container for disposal.

This new system may indeed go off without a hitch ... but like many others, we have our concerns.

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  • Dee
    May 06, 2014 - 16:06

    Can't figure out why they do not expect illegal dumping to increase. People will avoid as much as possiple to pay to dump especially seeing that they already pay for it through their taxes. If is illegal dumping they are trying to reduce they should have free dumpsters around and encourage people to use them it would only suggest that to have people pay at the site is nothing more than a money grab by officials

  • Lonewolf
    May 05, 2014 - 22:14

    Double taxation, more money for the politicians, the people don't matter.

  • Henry
    May 05, 2014 - 14:50

    I don' t understand why people in Eastern region don't have to pay to dump garbage at Robin Hood bay but in Western you have to pay a fee. What's up with that Mr. Downer, a little gouging maybe. Low income people will quickly realize that paying to dump will not be in their best interest, as they do not have the money to pay hense illegal dumpling. Wait and see. All the fancy words in defense of the environment will not stop this activity. Its going to be human nature. Pay for food or pay dumping fees, Its a no brainer. Mr. Downer this will become a nasty problem.

  • Charles
    May 05, 2014 - 06:03

    Don't you think people are paying enough now?