Curb­side for Bay Roberts

Town look­ing at new re­cy­cling pro­gram

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Town’s are al­ways look­ing for new ways to get its cit­i­zens to re­cy­cle in­stead of dis­pos­ing of re­cy­clables with reg­u­lar waste.

It’s no dif­fer­ent in the Town of Bay Roberts.

In the past, the town has col­lected house­hold haz­ardous waste, in­sti­tuted a blue box pro­gram and most re­cently, has started the col­lec­tion and shredding of or­ganic ma­te­ri­als such as tree branches and grass clip­pings.

Now, lead­ers in Bay Roberts are call­ing for the start of a curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram in the Con­cep­tion Bay North community.

Coun. Clarence Mercer put a mo­tion on the ta­ble at the Nov. 13 coun­cil meet­ing for coun­cil “to start a plan to es­tab­lish curb­side re­cy­cling in this community at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble con­ve­nience.”

Mercer would later state the pro­gram should be run­ning at least by 2013.

The mo­tion comes on the heels of an an­nounce­ment made by the Eastern Re­gional Ser­vice Board (ERSB), which in­di­cated that for the pe­riod of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 the fees at the waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity in Robin Hood Bay would in­creased to $67.50 per tonne for ma­te­ri­als and $20 per tonne for re­cy­clables.

“When we com­pare $20 per tonne to $67.50, it re­ally is no con­test,” said Mercer. “It’s not go­ing to get any cheaper. It’s go­ing to get more ex­pen­sive to truck our garbage to St. John’s.”

Mercer re­quested that a com­mit­tee be formed to spear­head the process.

The com­mit­tee could be made up of coun­cil­lors or could be a mix­ture of coun­cil­lors and community rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Coun. Melvin Walsh sec­onded the mo­tion by Mercer, and also sought to amend it.

He said he’d like to see the curb­side pro­gram started by no later than July 2013 and that there be money in the 2013 bud­get for the com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate ways of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“I rec­om­mend that this com­mit­tee be a fu­sion of two com­mit­tees — the green com­mit­tee, and the com­mit­tee that would have to carry

Sta­dium dis­cus­sion

it out, that be­ing pub­lic works,” said Walsh.

The coun­cil voted in favour of Mercer’s mo­tion.

Car­bon­ear ac­ti­vated its curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram in June.

Ref­er­enc­ing the ar­ti­cle “Arena Odyssey” that ap­peared in the Nov.

If we’re talk­ing re­gional fa­cil­i­ties, there has to be

re­gional dis­cus­sion. — Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.

13 print edition of The Com­pass, Wood wanted to state for the record that he was not putting a bid in for the pro­posed sta­dium.

“My con­cern was that there was a re­port or study be­ing done, and the chief item be­ing left out was where it was go­ing to be sit­u­ated,” he said.

Wood made ref­er­ence to the part of the ar­ti­cle that quoted Car­bon­earHar­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy when he said there was a mid-De­cem­ber dead­line on the ac­cep­tance of the sta­dium.

“My con­cern is if there is a sport­plex or multi-plex be­ing of­fered to towns in the area, there should be a meet­ing of all coun­cils in the en­tire Con­cep­tion Bay North area. I don’t think, ar­bi­trar­ily, $21 mil­lion should not be of­fered to an­other town with­out con­sul­ta­tion of other towns,” he said. “If we’re talk­ing a re­gional fa­cil­ity, I think there should be a study done, and as a part of it, this study would look at lo­ca­tions, the cost as­so­ci­ated, and most im­por­tantly, what is needed in the CBN area.

“If we’re talk­ing re­gional fa­cil­i­ties, there has to be re­gional dis­cus­sion.”

Coun. Ger­ald Green­land said it would prob­a­bly be bet­ter if the peo­ple be­hind the de­ci­sion re­quested a no­ti­fi­ca­tion of in­ter­est from towns, in­stead of just award­ing the money.

“It’s bet­ter to me to say who wants it first, and then have those who want it, com­pete for it,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Bay Roberts town coun­cil­lor Melvin Walsh.

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