Cleanup cost system questioned

I’ve just read the article on garbage strewn all over wooded area near Parksville (PQB News, Nov. 22).

I’m disappointed.

1. For the lack of respect the culprits have for our environment. Sadly they are not alone. Discarded waste has become epidemic in our over entitled society

2. The resolve as expressed by Tom Armet, manager of building and bylaw services. My concern… why does the property owner have sole responsibility for clean up? That being said, if the owner is proven to be responsible for the debris, then a no brainer, clean up your own back yard if you will.

However, if an owner has nothing to do with the mess, then why should they be tasked with the expense of cleaning it up?

My feeling is that the Regional District of Nanaimo should allocate the funds for cleanup.

Surely there is a better solution. If the RDN refuses to pay for cleanup, then perhaps a 50/50 sharing of costs between city and owner? The owner is taxed yearly on that property irregardless and this amount is increased with improvements.

Colin Thompson

Bowser

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