Cottagers' garbage piling up

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Whats supposed to be a scenic diversion isnt so scenic right now.

A group of cottagers at Heather Beach are upset with the amount of garbage piling up along Highway 366 and want the county to reopen the Port Howe transfer station.

Cottagers' garbage piling up

Whats supposed to be a scenic diversion isnt so scenic right now.

A group of cottagers at Heather Beach are upset with the amount of garbage piling up along Highway 366 and want the county to reopen the Port Howe transfer station.

Ann Raper, a member of the Heather Beach Cottage Owners Association, said garbage has been piling up near the popular cottage area and she believes it could prove a health hazard.

Its unhealthy and it looks terrible, Raper said. Were really concerned about it because the countys solution is not working.

The county has a contract with PBS Solid Waste to pick up cottage garbage, but Raper said the pickups arent frequent enough.

Peter Cottingham, the countys solid waste and bylaw enforcement officer, attended a recent meeting at Heather Beach and told cottagers they could leave their garbage at the end of their lanes or on their doorstep when they leave on Sundays and it would be picked up by PBS.

Raper said thats not good enough.

What we said was going to happen is happening, she said. Some people are throwing their garbage in the woods and in the ditches and the ones who are trying to play by the rules are left with a mess.

Raper said a Pugwash recycling depot has brought in a dumpster and is offering to dispose of garbage, but at $3 a bag she feels its not a price most cottagers should have to pay, considering solid waste is part of their taxes.

Cottingham said the county is monitoring the situation and its likely some tweaking will be done in time for next year. In the meantime, hes urging cottagers to be patient and try to help make the system work.

People have to be willing to help with the system. The system is there for their convenience. It may not be as convenient to some but its a viable system and with any luck it will work and the majority of the population will be happy with it, he said.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Heather Beach Cottage Owners Association

Geographic location: Port Howe, Pugwash

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