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Dumping cement mixer not an easy chore | Letters | Dec. 18

I paid a man to help me (I will be 68 this month load a heavy cement mixer into my pickup last Friday, Dec. 11 to take to the metal bin at the dump.

When I arrived at the dump the door to the metal bin was closed. I enquired at the kiosk as to when the empty bin would arrive and was told that there would be one on Saturday morning.

I was busy on Saturday and took the mixer back on Sunday morning and the same bin was still closed. I asked the attendant nearby why there was not an empty bin as I had been told.

He said that the one on site was not empty yet and indicated by gesture that there were about two feet of vertical space remaining. He said that it would not be emptied until it was brim full. He stated that only items thrown over the sides could be accepted until it was full.

This is not only a liability issue for users and passers by being struck by badly thrown metal items but I suspect is a dodge to save money by the contractor by not making as many trips to the transfer station.

This situation must be in conflict with any properly constructed contract between COBI and the contractor.

This policy adds to the improperly discarded recycle and rubbish along the nearby public roads. I have friends that live near the dump and they say that this is a long-standing issue.

I must now unload the cement mixer in my driveway and await the indefinite moment when the bin is removed and an empty one available. I use my truck in my work. I will then have to pay a man to help me load the mixer again.

I would like to know who at COBI is in charge of contract enforcement with the dump contractor and what are the terms for metal recycling availability in the contract?

Ed Thomas

Bainbridge Island

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