Private enterprise can do a better job than the CVRD
One of the phony arguments the CVRD uses to justify spending millions of our tax money for the ECO Depot is that it was mentioned in their obscure waste plan done almost half a decade ago. Since that plan was written, South Cowichan has been well served by three clean, privately funded and operated, waste and recycling businesses — two in Cobble Hill and one in south Shawnigan. A lot of us also regularly use Steel Pacific in Duncan.
The idea that only government can or should manage waste is ridiculous and simply an attempt to have more taxpayer-funded jobs and support staff who like to tell the rest of us how to behave. If the Cadillac EcoDepot goes ahead you can bet those fees will go up every year. Why does the CVRD think they are the only ones who can deal with waste? In fact, they do a pretty lousy job of managing the waste bins they have at Shawnigan Lake — a much worse job than all the other privately operated bins in the neighbourhood.
The sad fact is that most of the CVRD board represents the CVRD empire and not the people who elected them. Their latest boondoggle is to waste another $50,000 of our money having their spin-doctors tell us what a good idea their ECO Depot is.
W.E. (Bill) Dumont