Forty years ago, farm dumps were the norm

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by admin on September 16, 2009

The Editor,

While I don’t condone the practice of dumping as described in the Low Down of Sept. 9, a little background information may be helpful to understand the viewpoint of the senior resident named.

Years ago there were a number of small dumps throughout the country including on many farms.   Where else were the residents to dispose of their tin cans, bottles, broken dishes and old furniture?  Most rural municipalities did not start garbage collection until the 1960s or later.

Fortunately, our ancestors were not the consumers and garbage producers of today. There were no aerosol cans, computer hardrives, or plastics; anything paper or cardboard was burned, bottles were re-used for preserves, bread paper wrapped many a school lunch, and all food scraps, the few there were, were fed to pets, poultry or pigs. I can remember going to the dump with my father in the spring and the sum total was less than two garbage cans from a winter of consuming.  To today’s new environmentalists – your grandmother was the original reducer, reuser, recycler.
As to increased illegal dumping of construction waste on the backroads of the Outaouais, a practice blamed on the closure of Cantley dump by the dump spokesperson and President of Innovacam Communications, Monsieur Andre Guibord; well now you know the “standards” of many of the former users of the Cantley dump.

I’m glad we don’t have them on our highway anymore; garbage blowing out of the back of their trucks and trailers, and Tim’s and McDonald’s cups filling the ditches all the way to Gatineau.
A final observation, I wonder who gave the mushroom pickers permission to go hiking on private land?  Did Mr. McSheffery get paid for the mushrooms? Maybe dumping garbage wasn’t the only illegal activity taking place off Maxwell Rd.

Bob McClelland
Cantley