Coun. Barb McMurray says she is irked by the improper use of the winter waste transfer station in her ward.
McMurray expressed her concerns at a council meeting on April 25, where she said she’s received complaints from a number of residents concerning people who dump more than just household garbage at the Oakley Ward winter transfer station.
“People keep dumping chairs and chesterfields and you name it. I don’t know how that can be sorted out, but somehow they’ve got to learn it’s for household garbage and for that only,” she said.
Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith echoed McMurray’s sentiments, and shared his own experiences with the issue when he passed by the same transfer station just days earlier.
“It was absolutely disgusting and I was very disappointed in the condition of it, and disappointed that residents of the community would feel that level of excessive dumping is acceptable. It’s not acceptable,” he said. “I took exceptional offence to it because it was on Earth Day that I saw it. I was really very disheartened.”
Smith urges residents to take greater ownership of their community when it comes to handling waste.
“If we could send a message at all to our residents, it’s that they need to properly use the landfill facilities we provide for them, that they pay tax dollars investing into them, and to keep their community looking as lovely as possible,” he said.