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.
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.