Curbside for Bay Roberts
Town looking at new recycling program
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
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.
Bay Roberts town councillor Melvin Walsh.