Waste strategy study generates concern and support from central Newfoundland representatives
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.
Dave Edison, mayor of Springdale.
Scott Furey, deputy mayor of Baie Verte.