Joint councils meet with waste management CEO
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.