The editorial I’m referring to is not just bang on, it also spells out issues that we in the Town of Souris could encounter in due course down the road.
1. Mr. Waddell’s comments regarding garbage are very pointed and I believe to be accurate.
2. He also points out that recycling should go private, especially dealing with glass, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, milk jugs, cardboard/paper. etc.
While visiting family in the Regina area last October I had the opportunity to see the program the province of Saskatchewan has in place called SARCAN ( www.sarcon recycling) which handles the recyclables mentioned above. People bring these items to a depot where they are dumped on a long table and sorted by staff who drop them in the respective categories e.g. glass, aluminium, plastic, cardboard, etc. You follow along the sorting line and at the end you are given a slip of paper with the number of items in each category. On presentation to the cashier on your way out you are paid cash. This method serves two purposes. It helps eliminate empty items that can’t be cashed in where purchased and encourages people to be diligent in collecting the “valuables “ In other words, a sense of purpose and also known as the free market. NOTE: In Saskatchewan, people have a blue bin for recyclables at their residence, which is picked up, but they do not receive anything for them.
About 3 years ago I emailed our local MLA suggesting he reach out to a Saskatchewan contact and form an opinion on this program. No response as yet!!!
In summary: Mr. Waddell’s comments point out how we make use of the highest technology in some sectors. However, with garbage and recycling, we make things tough for ourselves.
Sitting down with the province should certainly be a priority of the AMM.
Food for thought? Check out the webpage. You be the judge.
Bill Kirkup, Souris