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LETTER: Tiny cottager worries new waste collection will create 'aggressive raccoons'

Shoreline cottager says new garbage, compost and recycling bins unfairly hurt city dwellers who don't live here permanently

Midland Today welcomes letters to the editor. They can be sent to [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter concerns the county's decision to start using new waste containers in November.

Dear Editor,

I am very concerned about these garbage bins that are scheduled to be implemented in November.

We don't spend a lot of time at the cottage, usually only a few weeks of the month in the spring and summer  It doesn't make sense for us to have to buy garbage bins for the whole year and being seniors, we are on a very tight budget.

What recourse do owners like us have?  I also know for a fact that there are only a handful of owners in our area, who actually live there full-time.

Another concern I've heard is that people think the bins will get knocked over with all the raccoons around and especially for owners like me who only go to the cottage for a couple of days then return to the city therefore we can't monitor our garbage.

In the city, raccoons have actually chewed a huge hole into our plastic bin and that was just recycling items.

Can you imagine what our streets will look like after these aggressive raccoons in cottage country are introduced to this easy way of getting into garbage especially for people who work and need to get into the city on Mondays and leave their garbage/recycling out on Sunday?

I'm not a fortune teller but I can predict that our pristine roads will be constantly littered with garbage from fallen carts attacked by raccoons.

Will the city send out crews to address this problem?

I am a big proponent of responsible garbage and recycling programs but I see a huge problem in cottage country.

I strongly urge "the powers that be" to rethink this decision before so much money is spent on a program that ultimately fails.

Good leaders don't follow, they LEAD. Just because something works in one area, it doesn't mean it will work everywhere. Please reconsider this hasty decision. "If it aint broke, don't fix it.”


Susan Barbieri

Tiny Township

(a taxpayer along the shoreline paying some of the heaviest taxes in the county)