Study of New­found­land and Labrador’s waste man­age­ment strat­egy needed: Joyce

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Editorial - BY DIANE CROCKER dcrocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

Af­ter 15 years and $150 mil­lion spent, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will eval­u­ate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its waste man­age­ment strat­egy.

Ed­die Joyce, min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment, was at the Western Re­gional Waste Man­age­ment of­fice in Cor­ner Brook Nov. 1 to an­nounce 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 solid waste man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies that will sup­port the goals and ob­jec­tives of the strat­egy.

Joyce told the Great Hum­ber Joint Coun­cil last June the re­view would hap­pen.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment Joyce said the study is a nec­es­sary next step as the prov­ince moves to full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the strat­egy by 2025.

He said mem­bers of re­gional ser­vice boards all over the prov­ince have brought up con­cerns over the cost of pro­vid­ing ser­vice and the dis­tance that will be in­volved in mov­ing waste to re­gional dis­posal fa­cil­i­ties.

Ques­tions in­cluded whether there is a bet­ter way to han­dle waste man­age­ment, can it be done in a more cost-ef­fi­cient man­ner, is there a bet­ter way to im­ple­ment the strat­egy, and are there new tech­nolo­gies out there or other ways to di­vert waste.

“This is part of the due dili­gence that we’re do­ing,” said Joyce.

But will the study im­pact work that has al­ready hap­pened, is on­go­ing or cur­rently in the plan, and could it deem some of the money that’s been spent a waste?

Joyce said the prov­ince doesn’t want to pre-judge the find­ings.

He said in some cases work that is on­go­ing will be needed no mat­ter what hap­pens.

And he used western New­found­land, where six trans­fer sta­tions are to be­come op­er­a­tional in early 2018, as an ex­am­ple.

“No mat­ter what the de­ci­sion is, no mat­ter how much (waste) you di­vert, you still need those six trans­fer sta­tions. They will have to be used any­way.”

Joyce ex­pects to see a quick turn­around on the re­quests and said the prov­ince should have the re­sults soon.

Mem­bers of the Western Re­gional Ser­vice Board, in­clud­ing new chair Bar­bara Barter, at­tended the an­nounce­ment.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Ed­die Joyce, min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment, says a study of New­found­land and Labrador’s waste man­age­ment strat­egy is needed.

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