Joint coun­cils meet with waste man­age­ment CEO

The Compass - - OPINION - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

The CEO of the Greater Avalon Waste Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee was at last week’s Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cils As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing in South River.

Ken Kelly gave coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the March 26 meet­ing an over­view of what’s hap­pen­ing with the re­gional waste dis­posal site at Robin Hood Bay.

“We had a very good meet­ing,” said Joint Coun­cils’ chair Frank Evely Fri­day morn­ing.“He gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on what’s hap­pen­ing and what to ex­pect in the fu­ture. It looks pretty im­pres­sive,” Evely added.

Coun­cil­lors dis­cussed the fee struc­ture and the fact that com­mu­ni­ties more than 100 km away from the site will have higher trans­porta­tion costs than those nearer Robin Hood Bay.

“Com­mu­ni­ties won’t be at a dis­ad­van­tage just be­cause they’re fur­ther away,” Evely pointed out. “They’ll be some­how sub­si­dized with their trans­porta­tion.”

He said ac­cord­ing to an artist’s con­cep­tion of the re­vamped Robin Hood Bay site, there will be drop off points for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of waste like house­hold haz­ardous waste.

“If you bring garbage in that’s not sorted and they have to sort it, you’ll be pay­ing ex­tra. So the onus will be on com­mu­ni­ties to bring in pro­grams for re­cy­cling. That would be the cheapest and best way so they won’t have to pay higher prices.”

Evely said com­mu­ni­ties might need ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hi­cles (for separat­ing waste).

“Towns are go­ing to have to work to­gether so the tax­payer won’t have to take the bur­den,” he said.

The lighter the load, the cheaper it will cost.

Evely sug­gested,“Maybe towns can es­tab­lish a site for com­post­ing. There’s go­ing to have to be a lot of work put into that.”

He’s hop­ing the Multi Ma­te­ri­als Stew­ard­ship Board will help de­velop com­post­ing sites in com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’d also prob­a­bly need a site where peo­ple can carry their de­mo­li­tion ma­te­ri­als to be picked up,” Evely said.“You’ve got to have some kind of organized body deal­ing with the garbage and putting the pro­grams in place.”

The waste man­age­ment com­mit­tee is ex­pected to have a plan to gov­ern­ment by De­cem­ber 2010.

The chair­man said the big­gest con­cern is about fee struc­ture and how much in­put the com­mit­tee will have in the over­all scheme of things.

“Every­one’s got the fear St. John’s is go­ing to run the show, but Mr. Kelly said Robin Hood Bay will be op­er­ated on a breakeven ba­sis as a sep­a­rate en­tity from the City of St. John’s. But the onus will be left to the towns to come up with ways to get their garbage to the site as cheaply as pos­si­ble and in a con­di­tion where they’ll have the least amount of tip­ping fees charged.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing Joint Coun­cils ob­served two min­utes of si­lence hon­our­ing the mem­ory of those lost in the Cougar he­li­copter tragedy and the four young Cana­di­ans who died in Afghanistan re­cently.

The next meet­ing of Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cils As­so­ci­a­tion is sched­uled for April 30 in Clarke’s Beach.

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