New waste site pro­posed for New Har­bour


A pro­posed busi­ness in New Har­bour for han­dling the col­lec­tion, dis­posal, and re­cy­cling of met­als and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als is a ne­ces­sity for the Trin­ity Bay area, ac­cord­ing to its pro­pri­etor.

Har­vey Pol­lett is plan­ning to open Trin­ity Bay Sal­vage, Dis­posal and Re­cy­cling on Route 73, ap­prox­i­mately 250 me­tres north­east of where it in­ter­sects with Route 80 in New Har­bour. It’s al­most two kilo­me­tres from the en­trance to the old New Har­bour dump, which was closed last Septem­ber.

Pol­lett says with the clo­sure of that dump, there is a need for a place where peo­ple can dis­pose of ve­hi­cles. Oth­er­wise, he says, peo­ple seem in­clined to leave them in the woods.

“I know there’s a bit of money in it, and I know that there’s a lot of peo­ple who are do­ing it (im­prop­erly), and I know that I can,” says Pol­lett, who ran a small scrap­yard 10 years ago.

The pro­posed busi­ness is un­der­go­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion.

In the sub­mit­ted reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment, pre­pared by Monty Ne­whook, it says the site will ini­tially be able to han­dle 300 ve­hi­cles or white goods, such as re­frig­er­a­tors and stoves, each year. It will also ac­cept scrap metal and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als.

Newco Metal and Auto Re­cy­cling Ltd. in St. John’s will col­lect pro­cessed ve­hi­cles and met­als on a bi-monthly ba­sis from the busi­ness and crush them.

“ The idea is to not have too many on site at once,” says Pol­lett. “ The faster the bet­ter.”

He plans to even­tu­ally han­dle the crush­ing of ve­hi­cles him­self, but do­ing so will re­quire sav­ing fu­ture rev­enue gen­er­ated by the pro­posed busi­ness in or­der to pur­chase the nec­es­sary equip­ment. New Alta, a busi­ness in Fox­trap, will col­lect haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als from Pol­lett.

Waste dis­posal had been a touchy sub­ject for quite some time in New Har­bour. There are be­lieved to be a large num­ber of poly­chlo­ri­nated biphenyls (PCBs) at the dump due to elec­tri­cal trans­form­ers buried there in the mid-1980s and 1990s. Some were re­moved, though it is be­lieved there re­mains PCBs in the ground. PCBs have been as­so­ci­ated with some forms of can­cer.

Pol­lett says he can un­der­stand why peo­ple might be concerned about his pro­posed busi­ness, but he says peo­ple in the com­mu­nity will be wel­come to come and in­spect the op­er­a­tion once it opens.

“If you don’t want me do­ing what I’m do­ing, you’re cer­tainly not go­ing to want (to see) what ev­ery­one has been do­ing for the last few years in their back­yards. If I had to be a snitch, which I’m not, I could bring you around and show you a dozen guys that are do­ing it ... you can see peo­ple rip­ping cars in their back­yards with flu­ids go­ing ev­ery­where.”

He says there is no such de­pot for the “proper dis­posal” of ve­hi­cles and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als in Trin­ity Bay.

Even­tu­ally, he would like to com­bine the pro­posed busi­ness with a shin­gling op­er­a­tion al­ready un­der­way. Hav­ing wit­nessed the work of a busi­ness in Al­berta re­cy­cling old shin­gle to be used as as­phalt, Pol­lett says such an op­er­a­tion would be highly use­ful in this prov­ince, par­tic­u­larly given prob­lems en­coun­tered in re­cent years with the tar in as­phalt.

“ These shin­gles we’re tear­ing off are 25-30 years old, and the tar is a good tar,” he says. “ There’s my­self and prob­a­bly 200 other guys like me on the Avalon that’s con­stantly bring­ing shin­gles to Robin Hood Bay, and they’re get­ting buried in a land­fill.”

The land for the pro­posed busi­ness is cur­rently un­de­vel­oped, and Pol­lett says if the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment is passed, the busi­ness would likely be­come op­er­a­tional in two years.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion is ac­cept­ing pub­lic com­ments un­til Dec. 2, and the reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment out­lin­ing how the busi­ness will op­er­ate can be found on the depart­ment’s web­site.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

A pro­posed dis­posal, sal­vage, and re­cy­cling busi­ness for met­als and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als in New Har­bour is un­der­go­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment. Waste dis­posal has been a touchy sub­ject in the com­mu­nity for quite some time, dat­ing back to con­cerns over the pres­ence of poly­chlo­ri­nated biphenyls in the old dump, which closed last Septem­ber.

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