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Warden Mayberry Causes a Stir After Posting Pictures of Waste Online

The Warden feels that the county needs to provide residents with programs to reduce waste that is filling landfills.

WOODSTOCK - On his way to council this week, Warden of Oxford County David Mayberry stopped to take a picture of some of the waste awaiting pickup at the curb.

The photo was posted to Facebook and caused a bit of stir among residents, but Warden Mayberry says it was never his intention to single anyone out, and in fact he says the responsibility for reducing waste lies with government. "At the county level we need to do a better job of what kind of program can we provide, and at what cost? And how do we help citizens be more responsible. Which I think the vast majority of them actually want to be. And then we have a problem at the provincial level - or maybe even at the federal level. We need to encourage government to make policy and rules around what's acceptable for packaging and what is the end of life responsibility of the producer?"

Warden Mayberry went on to say that he thinks that the people of Oxford county have shown again and again how eager they are to divert waste from the landfill, but we are faced with a cultural problem. He says there's room for improvement for everyone - including himself. Members of council were asked to save up their trash for three weeks so they could get a better idea of how much waste they produced themselves. Warden Mayberry says he was feeling good about his 8 or 9 pounds of garbage...until councillor Talbot came in with only two pounds.

Warden Mayberry also said we're more likely to notice a build up at this time of year. "I think large item pickup - because it's rather bulky and it happens all at once is sort of a wake up call to all of us to remember that our every day garbage probably adds up to a much bigger pile than our bulk items do, but we sort of forget that."

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