Loud and clear!
Clean-up underway in Harbour Grace
Is the campaign to clean up Harbour Grace working? Things are improving, one car wreck at a time. But the founder of the group: “Speak loud and let your voice be heard in Harbour Grace concedes, “things were getting out of contol.”
There should be a lot less wrecks and scrap metal littering Harbour Grace in the near future after Newco Metal and Auto Recycling are finished their work.
The planned metal clean up was one of many items covered at a March 29, regular town council meeting.
“ We’ve been speaking with the company and in the next few weeks they’ll be coming back to take any metals and wrecks that residents want to get rid of,” said Coun. David Murphy, chairman of the town’s Environment and Sanitation Committee.
“ They’ve already been here once and taken away some scrap metal, but plan to return again. This time we hope to see up to 20 car wrecks removed.”
According to Paul Abbott of Newco Metal and Auto Recycling, as soon as council gives the green light, the company will return.
“ We’re ready when they are,” he said. “ We’ve already been out there once and have been talking with council and they want us to go back again. When we return we’ll put a large container in place, so the public can drop off their metals.”
All metal products will be accepted including water boilers, washers, dryers, fridges and some car parts.
Newco Metal and Auto Recycling has been collecting scrap metal for the past 25 years. In the past most of their materials came from local dumpsites, however after the provincial government closed many of the dumps down and started shipping most of the garbage to Robin Hood Bay the St. John’s based company had to look at other ways of collecting metal materials.
“ We had to change how we worked, but we also wanted to continue to give the public a way of getting rid of their metal materials,” said Abbott. “And people are starting to get used to this idea now. They’re starting to look for us to come into their towns, at certain times in the year, to pick up the metals.”
Wreck or not?
During last week’s council meeting Mayor Don Coombs stressed the importance of informing residents of when Newco Metal and Auto recycling would be in town again.
“ We need to notify residents well beforehand so they can contact us (council) if they have an old car they want to get rid of,” said Coombs adding that Newco is expected to return around the second week of April.
In the meantime determining what classifies a vehicle as a wreck has become a challenge for municipalities all across the province.
“According to the regulations a vehicle could be abandoned and parked on someone’s property for years, but if all the windows are still intact and the tires are still on it, then it isn’t a wreck and we can’t go on the property and remove it,” said Coombs.
“ This is an issue that has plagued our town and all other towns across the province for years,” he pointed out. “In fact the issue of trying to figure whether a vehicle is a wreck or not has been debated during the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador AGM on more than one occasion. We’ve been discussing it and trying to get government to define what qualifies as a wreck, but nothing has been resolved. A vehicle may appear to be a wreck, but unless we have the owner’s permission to remove it, legally we can’t touch it.”
The removal of all the discarded scrape and metal won’t cost the town a cent.
“ We won’t have to pay anything for the service; in fact we end up making a few dollars out of it,” said Coombs.
PLANNING - Members of the Harbour Grace town council have asked Newco Metal and Auto Recycling to remove discarded metals and vehicle wrecks from their town.