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


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jesse Whelen, Blood Ties Four Directions harm reduction councillor, demonstrates how the organization tests for fentanyl in drugs in Whitehorse on May 12, 2020. The Yukon Coroner’s Service has confirmed three drug overdose deaths and one probable overdose death since mid-January. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Three overdose deaths caused by “varying levels of cocaine and fentanyl,” coroner says

Heather Jones says overdoses continue to take lives at an “alarming rate”

Wyatt's World for Feb. 24, 2021.

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 24, 2021.

Approximately 30 Yukoners protest for justice outside the Whitehorse courthouse on Feb. 22, while a preliminary assault hearing takes place inside. The Whitehorse rally took place after the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society, based in Watson Lake, put out a call to action over the weekend. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Courthouse rally denounces violence against Indigenous women

The Whitehorse rally took place after the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society put out a call to action

Then Old Crow MLA Darius Elias speak’s in the community centre in Old Crow in 2016. Elias died in Whitehorse on Feb. 17. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News file)
Condolences shared for former Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Darius Elias

Elias is remembered as a proud parent, hockey fan and politican

Reita, Dudley and Rodney Morgan at their Whitehorse home in 2002. (P. Gowdie/Courtesy Yukon Hidden Histories Society)
Recognizing Black history in the Yukon

Yukon’s Hidden Histories Society is entering its twentieth year of researching Black… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

The Yukon government and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce have signed a letter of understanding under the territory’s new procurement policy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
First Nation business registry planned under new procurement system

Letter of understanding signals plans to develop registry, boost procurement opportunities

US Consul General Brent Hardt during a wreath-laying ceremony at Peace Arch State Park in September 2020. Hardt said the two federal governments have been working closely on the issue of appropriate border measures during the pandemic. (John Kageorge photo)
New U.S. consul general says countries working closely on COVID-19 border

“I mean, the goal, obviously, is for both countries to get ahead of this pandemic.”

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Start of spring sitting announced

The Yukon legislature is set to resume for the spring sitting on… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

History Hunter: Kwanlin Dün — a book of history, hardship and hope

Dǎ Kwǎndur Ghày Ghàkwadîndur: Our Story in Our Words is published by… Continue reading

(File photo)
RCMP arrest Saskatchewan murder suspect

Yukon RCMP have arrested a man suspected of attempted murder from outside… Continue reading

A Faro volunteer fire department truck in 2008. In a virtual press conference on Feb. 15, Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, territorial Community Services Minister John Streicker and Faro Mayor Leonard Fabor announced the Town of Faro will have a new public works and fire hall building in 2022. (Genesee Keevil/Yukon News file)
Fire hall, public works building will be built in Faro

Wildstone Construction Ltd. awarded contract

Most Read