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Incinerator at Old Perlican torn down as waste services regionalized
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Changes are afoot for waste management in Conception Bay North and Trinity South.
About 20 communities in the Old Perlican area, stretching from New Chelsea around the peninsula to Kingston, are having their waste collection regionalized, as four landfills in the region turn Grates Cove, Old Perlican, Lower Island Cove and Small Point turn have either closed or will close, and garbage brought to Robin Hood Bay. The incinerator at Old Perlican turn the last in the Eastern region turn was torn down late last month.
But there will still be a use for the site, said Ken Kelly, the chairman of Eastern Waste Management, the provincial organization overseeing the area committee making the changes, the Trinity/Conception North Waste Management Committee.
“ You can’t just close a landfill and have nowhere for the waste to go. You need to have a solution in place,” he said. “ We’re putting in place a transfer station. The communities will bring in their garbage from their curbside or their garbage box, their collector will take it to Old Perlican. It’ll be dumped into a long-haul transport-trailer ... and that waste will be trucked into the regional facility at Robin Hood Bay.”
Kelly says they expect the trailer to make two trips per week.
“If you were looking at not using a long-haul trailer, if you were looking at using an actual collection vehicle, you might be looking at four or five trips, because they take much less waste than this trailer would, and they’re also not geared toward long-haul transportation. It’s almost a three-hour drive, we estimate, from Old Perlican for the trailer. So three hours down, three hours back, so if that was being done with a collection vehicle turn remember the vehicle would have to collect and then dump the waste turn it would be a very long day for the driver.”
Kelly said the estimated cost for moving the garbage from Old Perlican to the regional facility in Robin Hood Bay turn including site operation, trailer transportation and tipping fees turn to be about $130 per household per year. While current costs vary from community to community, making it difficult to determine how much turn if anything turn towns will save, the new system is replacing the old landfill system.
“ So any costs that communities had for landfilling now are being replaced by this transfer station, so you’re offsetting some costs,” he said. “So depending on the community, if they operated their own landfill or if they took it to a neighbouring community, their costs are different. Given that some communities use their own internal resources, which they don’t actually track the costs towards garbage, some are using contracted services so they know exactly what the cost is, some use different services, so ... it’s all over the place. Each community pays something different.”
Kelly said that although the average household won’t have to do anything differently, collection days may eventually be changed.
“As we get further into it, we may be making some adjustments to collection days, so what day someone’s garbage actually gets picked up,” he said, “ will depend on the operational issues and logistics that we run into. So, for instance, how fast does the trailer fill up and things like that, how often does it have to be moved and transported to the regional facility. That may cause some changes to collection days.”
Kelly said once they have a good idea of how much waste is coming out of the region, diversion and recycling initiatives can start being considered.
“Right now, with so many different communities and no real structure in place to handle where the waste can go and what should happen to it turn like where do you actually bring a recyclable good in this area at this point in time? There are no facilities.”
Kelly said the goals of the committee are to get the communities working together, close the landfills, and establish a way to move the waste from the area to the regional facility. Recycling and reduction of waste is the next step, which would help bring costs down.
“Once we do get it to the regional facility, there is a lower tipping fee for that ( less waste), so it would actually help reduce their costs.”
Bulk trash turn large items like old furniture — can still be taken by residents to the Old Perlican site, said Kelly.
The incinerator at Old Perlican was torn down late last month. Waste will now be trucked from the area to Robin Hood Bay.
The incinerator and landfill at Old Perlican have been replaced with a transfer station. Garbage will be trucked in to a regional facility at Robin Hood Bay.