Trash problems just keep piling up

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Let me see if I have this right. A few years ago, our town leaders determined that we had too many trash-hauling trucks on our roads. They proceeded to solicit bids for a single hauler to handle the whole island, an arrangement similar to what many of us had in the towns we came from. A trash hauler was selected and the resulting service was found by most to be very good and reasonably priced. One exception was the owners of weekly rental property and condo units who were vocal in their dissatisfaction.

As a result, the town canceled the contract and left all residents without service as of April 1. For most people, staying with the service they currently have would be fine except that the cost will be three times the present cost for the same service.

Now let's try to look into the future. If all the people who say they will now haul their own trash to the dump actually do, will the line reach out to U.S. 278?

Under the subject of unintended consequences, for an island that considers itself green, will those people be willing to separate recyclables and wait in several lines or will they throw everything into one bag and dump it?

Who was it who said, "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it"?

Don E. Kennedy

HIlton Head Island

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