Waste strat­egy study

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“I am not sur­prised it is com­ing up again,” Edi­son said, with re­spect to the Nov. 1 an­nounce­ment the prov­ince will is­sue two re­quests for pro­pos­als for pro­fes­sional ser­vices to pro­vide an op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis of waste man­age­ment sys­tems in the prov­ince. The pro­pos­als will also as­sess po­ten­tial sold waste man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies that will sup­port the strat­egy’s goals and ob­jec­tives.

He sup­ports the strat­egy re­view.

“There is a lot of money into this, and it is a big bud­get con­cern for all towns,” he said. “To know they are con­tin­u­ing to study and keep look­ing at what’s best as a pos­i­tive sign.”

Edi­son said the cur­rent ser­vice is good for the town and its res­i­dents. While the cost is a big part of Spring­dale’s bud­get, he said it is a nec­es­sary ex­pense that’s man­age­able for the town.

“Dis­cus­sion is im­por­tant in any area, as far as I am con­cerned,” the mayor said. “Be­fore they make any fur­ther huge de­ci­sions, dis­cus­sion and hav­ing peo­ple in­volved and have their say could bring about bet­ter ideas of dif­fer­ent ways to tackle the is­sue.”

Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel of Grand Falls-Windsor said rep­re­sen­ta­tives of his town have been vo­cal for years on the is­sue of waste man­age­ment and its associated costs. He be­lieves the study is long over­due.

While most peo­ple are in­ter­ested in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to the mayor, he feels towns in cen­tral New­found­land have had to ab­sorb costs more than dou­ble those of other ar­eas of the prov­ince.

The strat­egy brought for­ward in 2002 was meant to be provincewide, but he says what has tran­spired since has not been pro­vin­cial in scope.

“We just want to be treated fairly,” he said. “If this study comes back and sug­gests what­ever, we hope it is go­ing to be ev­ery­body in the prov­ince sub­jected to the same set of rules. Right now, that is not the case.”

Manuel said re­cy­cling ini­tia­tives have been im­ple­mented in ar­eas of cen­tral New­found­land, in­clud­ing the nec­es­sary sep­a­ra­tion of waste in homes and at the Nor­ris Arm site. Grand Falls-Windsor has been truck­ing its waste to the re­gional fa­cil­ity for some time. The mayor said the fa­cil­ity is large enough to han­dle the en­tire prov­ince’s re­cy­cling re­quire­ments – some­thing he would like to see im­ple­mented in the strat­egy.

“You are see­ing a fa­cil­ity that has cost a huge amount of money that is op­er­at­ing at about a 25 per cent ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Gander

Gander Mayor Percy Far­well said it’s a good idea to re­view the pro­vin­cial strat­egy at this point in its im­ple­men­ta­tion. He said the strat­egy has been rolled out in vary­ing stages across the prov­ince. In cen­tral New­found­land, where it has ad­vanced fur­ther than most ar­eas, he said they have ex­pe­ri­enced some of the bugs associated with it.

The mayor said al­low­ing some com­mu­ni­ties to opt in or out of cer­tain as­pects of the pro­gram is an is­sue, which he be­lieves is con­tribut­ing to one of the ma­jor con­cerns with the en­tire strat­egy.

“There are some se­ri­ous con­cerns around the cost struc­ture of the new sys­tem com­pared to where we were,” he said. “For all of us, as mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, any­thing that has fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions is of great con­cern.

“We are con­cerned there is a sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased cost. We un­der­stand that be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious comes with a price to pay.”

The fact the cost does not seem to be uni­ver­sal for dif­fer­ent ju­ris­dic­tions of the prov­ince is also a con­cern for Far­well, who will rep­re­sent his town on the re­gional waste man­age­ment board.

Waste from Gander is be­ing shipped to the re­gional site in Nor­ris Arm. Col­lec­tion is be­ing done through the joint sys­tem of­fered through the board. There is a site in Gander for those with ac­cess to it.

CORY HURLEY/THE NOR’WESTER

Barry Manuel, mayor of Grand Fall­sWind­sor.

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Percy Far­well, mayor of Gander.

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