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.