Curb­side re­cy­cling com­ing next month


Home­own­ers in Car­bon­ear are be­ing en­cour­aged to get on board a new curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram that is sched­uled to kick off on Mon­day, June 4.

It’s part of the town’s ef­forts to re­duce the amount of garbage it trans­ports to the Robin Hood Bay waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity in St. John’s.

The re­cy­cling pro­gram has been in the plan­ning stages for many months, and res­i­dents can ex­pect to re­ceive an in­for­ma­tion pack­age this week that in­cludes a re­cy­cling “starter kit.”

Once up and run­ning, the three­stream pro­gram will re­quire that home­own­ers sep­a­rate their garbage, alu­minum and plas­tic con­tain­ers and pa­per prod­ucts.

Reg­u­lar house­hold garbage will be col­lected at the curb­side ev­ery week, while re­cy­clables will be picked up bi­weekly.

“It would be a great cost-sav­ing mea­sure if ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pated,” said town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia David.

That’s be­cause mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are charged some $65 per tonne for waste de­liv­ered to Robin Hood Bay, and $20plus for re­cy­clables.

The town signed a three-year con­tract in Jan­uary for solid waste col­lec­tion ser­vices at a cost of some $700,000.

Town of­fi­cials be­lieve wide­spread par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram will re­duce costs, and help di­vert waste from go­ing into the land­fill.

The pro­gram will mir­ror those al­ready un­der­way in places such as St. John’s and Par­adise, Davis added.


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