Waste disposal costs are no reason for hissy fits

Waste disposal costs are no reason for hissy-fits Frankly, I am tired of seeing letters to the paper complaining about our tipping fees! Down south you can easily pay $25 for a small load to the dump - and I hardly hear anyone complaining. But we certai

Frankly, I am tired of seeing letters to the paper complaining about our tipping fees! Down south you can easily pay $25 for a small load to the dump – and I hardly hear anyone complaining. But we certainly like to complain up here.

The fact that people like to point to the trash that ends up on the side of the road (or in rest-stop garbages) to avoid $5 fees for a regular load to the dump is, frankly, a sad state of affairs.

That grown-ups throw child-like tantrums about small fees to accommodate our wasteful culture is beyond imaginable to me.

There are larger fees for more substantial waste, but these all make sense to me – have you tried to process the waste from a fridge or a couch in your own backyard? Not that easy.

Again, we need to pay for what we want to consume and dispose of.

I am also slightly confused by the call-outs to government to “save” Raven Recycling. Personally, if we are so inclined to accumulate consumer waste and be such poor stewards of our planet, then we should pay for the non-refundable recycling, to divert waste from the dump.

I don’t mind paying – not that I have an excess amount of cash – but I accept if I want to consume to the level that creates that kind of waste, then I should accept responsibility to pay for it. This is a cost that goes above my tax contributions, I think.

Stop complaining and cough up $5 for a small load – maybe give up your Tim Hortons coffee that day to pay for your disproportionate waste contribution to the planet!

Marlon Davis

Whitehorse

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