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.”