A debate fit for the trash
Some years ago, I sat as a town councillor at a provincial convention and listened in horror as a region in our province wanted to accept mainland garbage floated on a barge into our pristine province to be buried in a landfill. It was totally incredulous but the possible nightmare scenario is still not dead.
I also listened for many years as our governments tried to deal with its own waste disposal problem and the last word was there would be three major areas for this — Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s, the Norris Arm region and a western site. Well, apparently this has now been whittled down to two sites — Robin Hood Bay and the central site in the Norris Arm region.
Aren’t we blessed? They couldn’t save our mill; they couldn’t create a substitute industry or industries and they have yet to make our forests in central a sustainable resource, or if they could, we’d have to ask “sustainable for what purpose apart from gathering firewood?”
Remember the cliché? It’s an ill wind that blows no good. Well, we have had our share of ill winds and the fact that it’s about to blow untold tons of garbage into the central region isn’t doing our people any favors. I am thoroughly disgusted to think that’s all we deserve as a once vibrant industrial region replete with resources and skilled tradesmen and professional administrators is to be inundated with garbage.
Kelvin Parsons, the Liberal MHA for BurgeoLaPoile, noted the province identified three potential waste management sites in western Newfoundland, but instead of picking one, is now planning to truck all waste from the area to central Newfoundland. That move will add to the cost of the service considerably and mean higher municipal taxes for residents, Parsons has said.
Parsons has said it is mind-boggling that the provincial government wants to truck waste some 500 kilometres, instead of building a facility in western Newfoundland.
Oh, it’s mind-boggling. Our individual perspectives on this issue are in sync, but our reasonings are widely divergent.
Aubrey Smith Grand Falls-Windsor