Dis­posal sites planned for re­gion

Pro­posed lo­ca­tions in­clude Har­bour Grace, Cavendish and Whit­bourne

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

East­ern Waste Man­age­ment is propos­ing that new bulk waste dis­posal sites be opened in Har­bour Grace, Cavendish and Whit­bourne as part of its fi­nal re­gional waste man­age­ment plan.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Oct. 18 it is propos­ing to the provin­cial govern­ment that 10 waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties (WRF) should be es­tab­lished in East­ern New­found­land. These fa­cil­i­ties will al­low res­i­dents to dis­pose of bulk items, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ances (wash­ers, dry­ers, hot water boil­ers), fur­ni­ture (mat­tresses, couches, ta­bles), shin­gles, tires, con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste

Five are al­ready op­er­at­ing, in­clud­ing one in Old Per­li­can, and five more, in­clud­ing three in the Trinity-Con­cep­tion re­gion, should be oper­a­tional by next sum­mer.

“ This is good news,” Whit­bourne Mayor Lloyd Gosse said Oct. 19.

Gosse said he was not aware of the an­nounce­ment un­til be­ing con­tacted by The Com­pass.

“It would have been nice to get a heads-up, but we’ll try and get a meet­ing with them so we can get tuned in.”

Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs was also pleased, say­ing such a fa­cil­ity should help re­duce the prob­lem of il­le­gal dump­ing in the re­gion.

“ This is a great an­nounce­ment for Har­bour Grace and the en­tire area,” Coombs told CBC News dur­ing an in­ter­view last week.

Coombs ex­pects the new sites will cre­ate jobs, and ease the bur­den on those who have to trans­port bulk items to the re­gional waste fa­cil­ity at Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s. “I see a re­duced cost for that,” he said. While there’s been no con­fir­ma­tion on where the sites will be sit­u­ated, Coombs is con­fi­dent the Har­bour Grace fa­cil­ity will be es­tab­lished on the site of the former re­gional land­fill.

“It’s eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. It’s on the main road. And peo­ple in the area are used to go­ing there. It would be log­i­cal to me right now,” he said.

In-depth anal­y­sis

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties will “pro­vide con­ve­nient lo­cal dropoff sites for bulk, self-hauled ma­te­ri­als, and house­hold haz­ardous waste, with the in­tent that these fa­cil­i­ties will be part of the so­lu­tion to re­duc­ing il­le­gal dump­ing and pro­vide a timely al­ter­na­tive dis­posal op­tion to curb­side pro­grams for bulk and metal ma­te­ri­als.”

The plan, which in­cludes the es­tab­lish­ment of a trans­fer sta­tion in the Clarenville area, was de­scribed as “com­pre­hen­sive and func­tional,” and sets the path for the “con­tin­ued progress to­ward achiev­ing the full ben­e­fits of a modern waste man­age­ment sys­tem in the East­ern Re­gion.”

More than 70 per cent of the re­gion’s land­fills have been closed in re­cent years, ex­plained Ken Kelly, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of East­ern Waste Man­age­ment.

At present, ap­prox­i­mately 124 out of the 163 com­mu­ni­ties — an es­ti­mated 95 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion — in the East­ern Re­gion use the In­te­grated Waste Fa­cil­ity at Robin Hood Bay.

The fi­nal­iza­tion of the plan fol­lows an anal­y­sis of the ne­ces­sity of in­fra­struc­ture, the eco­nomic anal­y­sis of waste site re­quire­ments and the de­vel­op­ment of a de­fin­i­tive pol­icy on trans­porta­tion costs, Kelly added.

The sites were cho­sen based on a pol­icy that “no com­mu­nity will be re­spon­si­ble for trans­port­ing res­i­den­tial waste fur­ther than 100 kilo­me­tres.”

And re­gard­less of the lo­ca­tion of each com­mu­nity, there will be ac­cess to at least one WRF lo­cated no fur­ther than 70 kilo­me­tres away.

Curb­side re­cy­cling

Mean­while, area lead­ers re­main up­beat that curb­side re­cy­cling will come to the area in the fu­ture. It’s just a mat­ter of time, said Coombs.

“ We have to get on board. We have to make it hap­pen,” Coombs said.

With curb­side re­cy­cling al­ready un­der­way in the South­west Avalon and Con­cep­tion Bay Cen­tre, there is grow­ing in­ter­est amongst com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion to par­tic­i­pate.

Kelly said the pro­vi­sion of curb­side re­cy­cling ser­vices is planned for the South­ern Shore and Trinity Bay North in 2012.

“ To­day, ap­prox­i­mately half of the res­i­dents in the East­ern Re­gion have ac­cess to bi­weekly curb­side re­cy­cling, in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ties as small as Great Barasway with three house­holds, right up to large met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas like St. John’s,” Kelly said.

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