Hell no, we won’t throw

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the Bar Harbor Council.

As a resident of Bar Harbor, I feel the proposed per bag trash disposal fee is extremely shortsighted.

Having participated in spring roadside cleanups for the last 16 years, I predict instead of picking up bottles and cans and hauling litter out of the woods every April, we will be rolling bags out of the ditches and pulling contractor sacks out of the woods.

It’s already convenient to throw some trash out of vehicles, and now people will be financially motivated to toss out whole bags in the dark sections of roads and on blind corners.

I imagine this system may work in a more urban area with lots of street lights and an ever present population. But in our beautifully dark rural community, every small road, pull off, bluff, vista, cliff and overview will take the brunt of whole trash bags pitched by opportunists.

While calculating the savings of this plan, was it taken into consideration the cost of paying workers from the Maine Department of Transportation to scale dangerous terrain to clean up the mess on regular intervals?

Was Acadia National Park, which dots much of this island, taken into consideration when this was planned? Surely, the remote parts of the park will be used as depositories of convenience. How much does the park save to wrangle all that waste?

I don’t think this “plan” was well thought out.

Mike Staggs

Bar Harbor

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