Waste strat­egy study gen­er­ates con­cern and sup­port from cen­tral New­found­land rep­re­sen­ta­tives

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Front Page - BY CORY HURLEY

COR­NER BROOK, NL — Baie Verte Deputy Mayor Scott Furey is con­cerned that a study into New­found­land and Labrador’s waste man­age­ment strat­egy will add an­other de­lay to years of lit­tle ac­tion in his area.

Baie Verte con­tin­ues to wait on the pri­mary im­ple­men­ta­tion of this strat­egy, he said. The town con­tin­ues to use its land­fill, al­beit with a num­ber of im­ple­mented changes to prac­tices at the site and its pick-up pro­gram.

“For the places where this hasn’t hap­pened yet, it is kind of leav­ing us up in the air longer,” he said.

The town has been pre­par­ing for waste man­age­ment changes for years, in­clud­ing the even­tual truck­ing of waste to the cen­tral re­gional site in Nor­ris Arm, he said.

Furey agrees with the need to re­duce the num­ber of land­fills in cen­tral New­found­land, and that the strat­egy has en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits – so an over­view of the strat­egy at this junc­ture could be pos­i­tive, he said.

With a re­gional com­mit­tee in place to over­see this de­vel­op­ment for years, the deputy mayor said it ap­pears the de­lay has been due to avail­abil­ity of fund­ing.

“They have been telling us this is what is hap­pen­ing and it is go­ing to hap­pen, but we don’t seem to have much choice,” he said. “It is more ‘wait and see’ from the gov­ern­ment, so it is frus­trat­ing when you just want to know one way or an­other.”

Cost to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and ul­ti­mately, area res­i­dents, re­mains the big­gest con­cern, ac­cord­ing to Furey. He said small towns and ag­ing pop­u­la­tions alike are an­tic­i­pat­ing dif­fi­culty pay­ing the ad­di­tional costs of waste man­age­ment in the fu­ture.

“It has to be done in an ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fec­tive way,” he said.

Spring­dale Spring­dale Mayor Dave Edi­son has sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments with re­spect to the time it’s tak­ing for the strat­egy to be im­ple­mented. His town still trucks its garbage to nearby South Brook, whereas it will even­tu­ally be trucked to the Nor­ris Arm site.

CORY HURLEY/THE NOR’WESTER

Dave Edi­son, mayor of Spring­dale.

CORY HURLEY/THE NOR’WESTER

Scott Furey, deputy mayor of Baie Verte.

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