Curbside recycling coming to Carbonear
New waste diversion will mean cleaner environment, cost savings
Like most people, Carbonear residents have grown accustomed to placing their household waste into plastic bag and leaving it at the curb.
That well-established routine of disposing of household waste is about to change dramatically next spring.
On May 1, 2012, Carbonear will become the first town in the Conception Bay North, Trinity South region to adopt a mandatory curbside recycling.
The closest communities doing curbside recycling are the local service districts of Marysvale and Georgetown. Towns in Conception Bay Centre, including Holyrood, Avondale and Conception Harbour are also involved.
According to Deputy Mayor Ches Ash, who serves on the Eastern Regional Services Board, more than 50 per cent of the communities east of Clarenville are already involved in curbside recycling.
Because of the changes it will bring in traditional ways of garbage collection and disposal, town officials admit the new system is going to take some adjustment for citizens in the short-term. They are also convinced the new way of doing things is going to mean a cleaner environment and savings for taxpayers in the long-run.
In an interview with The Compass last week, town administrator Cynthia Davis said: “Curbside recycling will not only allow Carbonear residents to do their part to reduce solid waste going into a landfill for the protection of the environment for future generations, it will also help reduce the tax dollars needed for solid waste disposal.
“Recycling dramatically reduces the cost of waste disposal, thus freeing up more tax revenues for other municipal services such as roads and water and sewer upgrading,” Davis explained.
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Collecting and disposing of garbage is one of the services the town provides to its taxpayers with the money it collects from them. Davis estimates the service costs the municipality between $280,000 and $300,000 annually.
She is convinced that figure could be drastically reduced through recycling.