Here’s a lesson on garbage and how to rid of it properly, cause you know … it’s 2019 and another summer is upon us.
I reside full time in Huntsville; a gorgeous-nature-in-our-backyard-to-enjoy kind of place to live. It is in no means a city, that’s for sure. As a rural resident, I pay for private road maintenance. The road is private so snowplowing and such is not provided by the Town. Because of the private road, we don’t receive curbside garbage pick-up, but that’s okay, the Town/District (still not positive as to who takes responsibility for this) provides Bear Proof Bagged Household Garbage Bins and Recycling Bins for us ‘rurals’. The bins are located on my way out the road and I dutifully take my garbage there, open the bin, put in the garbage and close the lid properly.
I state that last point because you can’t imagine how many people get that part wrong. It’s astounding actually, I mean there are illustrations and written instructions on how to place the garbage, and Canada has a very high literacy rate, so I’m guessing laziness or people really don’t give a shit, is the cause!
This spot is also the Town/Board approved bus stop for the children of the area. We understand where we live there are animals, and as a year-round community we are diligent in keeping the area clean as to not attract said animals. We get the odd bear, in fact I think he lives on the back of my property, but that’s cool. He can eat berries to his heart’s content back there. It’s when people leave tasty garbage out for him that he comes for visits.
I can imagine there are countless places like this scattered across Ontario and Canada, so there are many people who can relate. One day this past week when I drove home around 3 pm I came upon maybe eight or so big black garbage bags full of what I found out was fast food waste and containers (a lot of recyclables mixed in there too, but I can only be mad about one thing right now). The bins were stuffed with garbage as well. As I usually do, I investigated and dug through the offending and rudely placed debris to find a name, an address, anything that would disclose the owner of this trash.
I found gold! You usually do. People don’t really think about what they toss out after it’s gone. By way of a business name, and thanks to the trusty Google, I was able to obtain the cell number of the owner, whom I called and had come collect his waste. (On a nicer note, credit to the business owner as he was trying to do the right thing by hiring and paying dumping fees for someone to dispose of the waste. Sadly, he was the victim of a dirty scammer who took his money and illegally dumped the waste. When confronted by me about the situation he had it cleaned up and dealt with within the hour, so well done sir!)
This happened the next three days … so it’s an ongoing problem. The residents who need to use the bins now have nowhere to put their garbage and in inevitably it ends up outside the bins. This problem will only to be exacerbated when cottage season begins.
The various institutions around town don’t really want to take any responsibility or action on the situation, I’m sure they view us as pests, wasting their time and resources, crazy people mad about garbage, don’t we have better things to do? Jeez! The thing is, I do have better things to do, as do the other residents in my community, but nevertheless, we are out there cleaning up other people’s garbage. I have gloves in my car, as do my husband and daughter, so we can root through the garbage to find information about the offenders, and so we can clean it up, cause it’s nasty. I don’t like my own garbage, other people’s causes me to gag, so I am heaving the whole time. It’s kind of funny to see, but sad as well.
It’s always someone else’s responsibility. I hear that a lot. It’s a Town issue. Town says…..no, no ma’am. It’s a District issue. The police don’t want to come and look at our garbage. I guess if they don’t catch you doing it, it’s not their problem – just people “being lazy,” was a response I got.
So here’s the thing – just take your garbage to the dump people. It’s not that expensive. You can’t leave all that old, big, disgusting shit you don’t want anymore at my kids’ bus stop. It’s gotta stop. When we are acquiring all these things, we must stop and think about where it’s going to end up, and yeah, sometimes you gotta pay to get rid of it. Fact of life. We had no problem paying for it to begin with, so be a decent person and take responsibility for your stuff, especially the nasty, rotten, gross stuff that ends up strewn all over my neighbourhood.
Remember when we were kids (and I think this spans many generations, because it’s pretty basic) and we were taught about littering – don’t throw garbage on the ground, that kind of thing? Well, it still applies to your adult self. Don’t throw your garbage on the ground at my, or any other bin, when you should be taking it to the dump. This includes: construction waste, we see that all the time, all the stuff from the renovation you did. That is dump material for sure. The nasty garbage you have because you missed garbage day, or had too many bags – to the dump. All your spring clean-up materials, no thanks. Take it to the dump. And for the cottagers, if the bins are full at the end of the weekend, please take your garbage with you and drop it off at the dump.
Let’s just be better at these kinds of things. It’s an easy, doable thing. If you take money from people and say you are doing them a service and then drop the stuff at my bins, or in the bush, you are disgusting!
Jodie Dynes is a concerned, but albeit pissed-off, resident of Huntsville.
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