Solid waste decision trashed by Cumberland County residents

Andrew Wagstaff
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Eric MacKinnon (left), Margot Kerr and Jim MacKinnon are among the Advocate area residents upset with the Municipality of Cumberland County's decision to move to a curbside system of solid waste collection countywide, after what they feel was a total lack of consultation with residents in the communities.

SPENCER'S ISLAND - Not everyone is happy with the Municipality of Cumberland County's recent decision to switch to a countywide system of curbside collection of solid waste, and some residents are in fact outraged with what they see as a complete lack of community consultation.

The lack of community consultation was a concern voiced by Coun. John Reid at the Dec. 7 meeting of county council, during which the $13 million tender for curbside collection was awarded to PBS.

"Everyone is talking about consultation with communities," said resident Margot Kerr. "There was none. We didn't know about it."

Kerr was so upset by these developments that she created a petition expressing disapproval of both the decision to move to a curbside system, and the process in which the decision was made. Placed in public locations such as the Advocate store, the local library and a campground, the petition garnered 240 signatures.

Presented at the Dec. 7 council meeting, however, the petition was given minimal attention.

Losing the local transfer station could result in construction and demolition waste being dumped in the woods, and placing garbage at the roadsides could attract nuisance and potentially dangerous animals like coyotes, according to resident Jim MacKinnon.

"I don't want to see the coyote population increase, where I get attacked, my dog gets attacked, or somebody's kids get attacked," he said. "It's not a very likely scenario, but they're increasing the risk of it by doing this."

Curbside collection is scheduled to begin across the county as of April 1, but Kerr said they will continue to press the matter until council reverses its decision.

(For more, see the Dec. 15 issue of The Citizen-Record)

Organizations: The Citizen-Record

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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Recent comments

  • Bob Kimber
    December 21, 2011 - 20:44

    Yes, it will be a great attraction for every coyote, dog,and skunk around, especially if the garbage is picked up every two weeks!!! Can anyone imaging what my campground will smell like in July, with a dumpster full of two weeks of garbage!!!

  • Local Leonard
    December 13, 2011 - 17:15

    EMMIGRATED after reading the article again (it made sense to me the first time, but what the heck) I'm guessing you skimmed the article over. It clearly states the county switched to curb side pick up and are now losing local transfer stations. The surprise IS people are upset. Readers wear socks too but I guess no one cares if theirs are sloppy [ps there is only one 'm' in 'emigrated']

  • Emmigrated
    December 13, 2011 - 04:42

    This article is not complete. It does not adequately explain the current pick-up system vs. the new system. That residents are angry is no surprise, but a news article should adequately explain the issue so readers can form their own opinions. Pull up your journalistic socks please!