“MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE TAX SHOULD BE BAGGED RIGHT AWAY” by Damon Gerard Corrie

I CAN AGREE to a ‘Sanitation tax‘ (as I do not think we areentitled‘ to ‘freebiesforever)…but a FAIR and REALISTIC one, such as BDS $1 per black 30/50 Gallon garbage bag (so if you like to tie-up and put out 20 li’l supermarket bags – you HAVE to now put them all in 1 big black Garbage bag instead), the Government can even get into the Garbage bag selling business (thereby making extra revenue) and find a size they think is suitable for most (all things considered) – or have different rates for different size bags calculated on volume of waste it will hold – and tell us to buy the ‘Government brand Garbage bag’ (and it will be available at EVERY retail outlet that sells such items).

The Government entity responsible will just have to organise/sub-contract a re-packaging program for all existing (or give a grace period for current stock to be depleted before commencement/implementation) pack of bags with whatever government logo they decide so we (the public) will know the ‘right’ type of bag to buy.

This way the bags are uniform and are used in a 'national standard' way, and if your house of 1 or 2 puts out only 1 bag of garbage per week - you pay a very fair annual fee of $52 to defray Sanitation Service Authority's costs, and a home putting out 10 such bags per week - will pay $520 per year.....even if a private entrepreneur decides to open a private garbage collection service (that will create jobs so good too) that people who generate a lot of garbage opt to use instead of the SSA... government will STILL make a profit by forcing EVERYONE to buy only the government brand of garbage bag (an inspector at the dump can reject/fine any 'unsanctioned' bags entering the dump-site).....we put many protectionist policies in place over the years, so making it mandatory that ALL garbage bags of this 'ideal' size are re-packaged in the government approved packaging before being allowed to be sold to the public is not impossible to do.

This way the bags are uniform and are used in a ‘national standard’ way, and if your house of 1 or 2 puts out only 1 bag of garbage per week – you pay a very fair annual fee of $52 to defray Sanitation Service Authority‘s costs, and a home putting out 10 such bags per week – will pay $520 per year…..even if a private entrepreneur decides to open a private garbage collection service (that will create jobs so good too) that people who generate a lot of garbage opt to use instead of the SSA… government will STILL make a profit by forcing EVERYONE to buy only the government brand of garbage bag (an inspector at the dump can reject/fine anyunsanctionedbags entering the dump-site)…..we put many protectionist policies in place over the years, so making it mandatory that ALL garbage bags of this ‘ideal’ size are re-packaged in the government approved packaging before being allowed to be sold to the public is not impossible to do.

Is my suggestion better than the current government decision of a fixed percentage of one’s property value – irrespective of the ACTUAL waste each home produces – annually across the board? One elderly man who inherited a $1 Million dollar property will NOT produce more garbage that a young family of 10 living on a tiny piece of land… is this a ‘garbage solution‘ or ‘punish the land owners‘ concept?

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  1. There’s sense in what you suggest, but surely we should be spending more one education and recycling facilities so we begin by putting our far less garbage. Where, on the south coats, for example, can you EASILY place plastics, tins, glass etc?

  2. You are absolutely correct Stephen, my sister-in-law suggested the same thing when she first read it as well.

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