Clean up program not decreasing roadside waste

Kathy Johnson
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Despite clean up programs there is still lots of litter along roadsides in the Municipality of Barrington.

by Kathy Johnson


Eight years and more than $80,000 spent on annual roadside cleanups is not making much of a dent in the amount of trash being collected in the Municipality of Barrington’s Community Litter Clean Up Program.

“It’s very discouraging,” said councillor Louise Halliday while reviewing collection statistics for the program at a recent municipal council meeting. “You would think it would begin to decrease.”

This past spring 20 tonnes of garbage was collected from the 101 km covered in the roadside cleanup program- the second highest amount since the program was started in 2004.

In 2004, 35 tonnes of waste was collected from 133.45 km of municipal roadways. Between 2005 and 2010 roadside waste has ranged from eight tonnes to 16 tonnes, for a grand total of 130 tonnes collected during the past eight years. 

“I don’t know how you drive it home to people not to litter,” said councillor Halliday. “It only takes a few minutes to take your garbage home.”

Under the Community Litter Clean Up Program, the municipality pays $100 for every kilometre of roadside cleaned. Individuals and community groups alike take advantage of the program, conducted during the early spring.

“I think it’s a good program,” said Warden George El Jakl. “Hopefully one of these days people will stop throwing garbage out their car windows.”

Geographic location: Barrington

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Recent comments

  • trgo
    July 12, 2011 - 20:23

    Lack of education = trash on Nova Scotia roadsides. There is little hope for improvement I think.

  • Anne Treadwell
    July 11, 2011 - 10:16

    Why would we think that paying community groups to clean up trash would decrease the littering? The more trash, the more money for the community groups!

  • Radical-Writer
    July 11, 2011 - 09:43

    I think the reason people are still littering the street is to keep their cars clean . They are too lazy to wait until they get home or they forget before they start driving and then say. I can't let anyone see a messy car so out the windows it goes. When you dirty up the road you are dirtying up a world that doesn't belong to you so people you don't throw stuff on your neighbors lawn so don't throw it out your window or stop on side the road and throw whole bags of it in the ditch because they missed the garbage truck. They should allow at least double the amount the 4 bag limit. We are two people and we compost and still often have five or six bags after two weeks and if we miss a pick up there may be twelve bags. I think from the little walking I do there is definitely more trash on the edge of the road. there is at least a few places where it looks like someone may have dumped all their garbage out.

  • jim someone
    July 09, 2011 - 21:41

    What is wrong with you people, can't you take stuff home a throw it away properly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • novablue
      July 11, 2011 - 23:17

      thats a very smakk percentage of the garbage laying in every woods rd or gravel pit in the province glass garbage system in nova scotia ......righttttttttttttttttttt