Curb­side re­cy­cling com­ing to Car­bon­ear

New waste di­ver­sion will mean cleaner environment, cost sav­ings

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

Tip­ping fees cheaper

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.

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