Ped­dle to the metal

Incin­er­a­tor at Old Per­li­can torn down as waste ser­vices re­gion­al­ized


As the world around us emerges from the re­ces­sion, this prov­ince is poised for eco­nomic growth. At a time when our econ­omy is on a roll is not the time to put our foot on the brake says the min­is­ter of busi­ness.

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.

Pho­tos sub­mit­ted

The incin­er­a­tor at Old Per­li­can was torn down late last month. Waste will now be trucked from the area to Robin Hood Bay.

Photo sub­mit­ted

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.

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