Residents who dont properly sort garbage could face fines under proposed bylaw

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - Colchester County staff have been instructed to draft a bylaw that would give the municipality enforceable powers to fine
residents who do not properly sort their garbage.
The proposed bylaw would also impact on the county's enforcement of its spring and fall garbage pick-up program.
Although the county has previously issued fines for garbage-related issues, its current bylaw does not really provide authority to issue tickets or make the penalties a lienable charge, CAO Dan McDougall told council.
"Essentially there's no teeth," he said. "For those that don't wish to use diversion techniques (with their garbage disposal) we can't go to the next step."
In addition to setting fines for such things as failing to remove uncollected containers or material from the curbside within a specified time frame, failing to separate waste resource materials and illegal dumping, the proposed bylaw is also intended to clarify information pertaining to the set out and collection time frames for the county's spring and fall big garbage pickup.
Another proposed change is to permit regular garbage be set out at 6 p.m. on the evening before collection day instead of the current 9 p.m. time frame.
The new bylaw is to be ready for council consideration at its November committee meeting.

Geographic location: Colchester County

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  • gordon
    January 18, 2010 - 10:19

    yes another waste of tx payers money.so you want to fine the home owners but what about the apt buildings that do not recycle,and just use dumpsters and everything goes into these including food is that not a double standard.give your head a shake and get the recycling on track for everyone before you start fining certain individuals.if you arre going to put a fine in place you should make sure every single dwelling is recycling to make it fair......

  • Quinn
    January 18, 2010 - 10:16

    The one concern I have over this is who will enforce the bylaw? Will we have a new county employee driving around, or are we going to trust the employees of a private garbage collection company to hand out tickets?

  • CoolCat
    January 18, 2010 - 10:16

    I think it is a good idea there are to many people send items to the dump that could be recycled. Having said that I also think you had better think this through as some of the comments I have read are legit, and some are well people have to much time on there hands!

  • j
    January 18, 2010 - 10:14

    another waste of taxpayers money!!!!

  • Mae
    January 18, 2010 - 10:10

    I completly agree with Gordon

  • country-boy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:10

    Remember this is a dump and people have to get rid of the garbage so think about this long and hard as I am tired of looking at garbage on the sides of our roads. Soon we will no be able to send anything to the dump and still our taxes will go up. You work at a dump so take our garbage like you are supposed to.

  • ric
    January 18, 2010 - 09:59

    i would like to apply for the job of driving around in a nice new town truck drinking coffee and enforcing another useless bylaw

  • Sam
    January 18, 2010 - 09:58

    Here's my concern - are the people collecting the waste going to be trained in what to accept and what not to?

    In the recent fall collection, I put out a small item made out of plastic and it was not collected. I left it for the following week's garbage collection. Not taken either. The week after, during the recycling collection the item was still not taken.

    It seemed no one collecting thougth it was their job to take it. Someone needs to train the people actually doing the collecting as WELL as getting someone to enforce the bylaw.

    It's nice to know that in Truro there are no more pressing issues than this and no better way to spend town money than to hire a Garbage Cop .

  • Think twice...
    January 18, 2010 - 09:52

    Will the guy driving around in the new truck, drinking coffee, also track down the individual who dumped their garbage in the ditches because they are not going to abide by this ridiculous law?

    Better think twice on this one!

  • Concerned
    January 18, 2010 - 09:52

    Perhaps recycling guidelines should be sent to every home so everyone will know what proper garabage should be.

  • Ron
    January 18, 2010 - 09:49

    I think there is a list of the recyclables and such sent out each year. I might be wron but I think we should not be too quick to complain. I think that the province mandates the amount of waste that each person is allowed to send to the landfill. After that the County is fined or penalized. If the County gets fined you can be sure it will just be downloaded to the tax payer , so we should all work towarde doing this right or we will pay the piper

  • SMc
    January 18, 2010 - 09:43

    I have observed when there are more and more rules regarding recycling and garbage, the greater the abuse. I walk along the edge of the Salmon River on the Acadian d..kes in Lower Truro several times a week, and the garbage that is thrown into the bushes is interesting -- chesterfields, cardboard, broken glass, coffee cups. I think you get the picture. Too many rules and no rules are followed. Just human nature I guess.

  • jubejube
    January 18, 2010 - 09:43

    We pay enough now for the service- We recycle, we compost, we wash our cans and bottles...exactly what does the staff do in Kemptown??

  • RoadWarrior
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    And once again the residents of Truro and Colchester County sound out loud and clear that they are quite happy about keeping attitudes in the 19th century. It's no big trick to separate your garbage... three bins and a garbage can... one for papers, one for plastics/cans and one for compost. Everything else is garbage.

    If you're so worried about the lazy guy who doesn't separate his garbage but yet is going to go out of his way to drop it with yours I'm sure you can come up with some kind of coding system on your bags so that you can clearly point out to the enforcement officer that it isn't yours.

  • Eastend Boy
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    Sam Daniels This has nothing to do with the Town of Truro. It is the County of Colchester that the article is talking about.

  • concerned for others
    January 18, 2010 - 09:41

    My main concern is that you have these idiots dropping off their garbage alongside your garbage and if they had not properly sorted their garbage, would you be responsible for what is in the bags that dont belong to you? ummmmm what do you do now?