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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Re-Use Depot Wanted

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

There's a desire for the creation of a re-use depot in Saugeen Shores year round.

Once a year Saugeen Shores has a weekend, where unwanted items can be put on the curbside for anyone to pick up free of charge.

SaugGreen Swap spokesperson Jenn Fowler would like to see that service available all the time.

Fowler addressed town council recently calling for the construction of a re-use depot at the Southampton landfill site.

Fowler says it would be a structure that could accommodate the drop-off and pick-up and storage of both large and small items.

She says many people usually have to dispose of these items through a garage sale or by advertising.

She says some people just can't be bothered and the item ends up in the landfill.

At a re-use depot, no fees would be charged for items left and the items would be available for anyone to take at no charge as well.

Fowler says a structure could cost up to 20 thousand dollars to build.

She believes the system would not be abused although many councillors voiced concerns about those who would take advantage.

Councillor Taun Frosst says it's happening already and it costs the taxpayer money to have landfill staff go through a recycle bin checking to see if it's been contaminated by something that doesn't belong in it.

The issue will get further discussion at budget time.


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