Dis­pos­ing in bulk

Progress be­ing made on waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties for Har­bour Grace, Cavendish and Whit­bourne

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials say progress is be­ing made in ef­forts to es­tab­lish waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties in Har­bour Grace, Cavendish and Whit­bourne, mean­ing area res­i­dents may soon have a more con­ve­nient way of dis­pos­ing of bulk waste.

But com­pli­ca­tions re­lat­ing to l and own­er­ship con­tinue to ob­struct the process, though the sit­u­a­tion ap­pears to be es­pe­cially tan- gly in Whit­bourne and Cavendish, where it’s look­ing more likely that land ex­pro­pri­a­tion will be re­quired.

The fa­cil­i­ties will be op­er­ated by the East­ern Re­gional Ser­vice Board, and com­ple­ment sites al­ready in op­er­a­tion in Old Per­li­can, Pla­cen­tia, St. Joseph’s, Bay Bulls, Re­news-Cap­pa­hay­den and Sun­ny­side.

The sites pro­vide an op­tion for pri­vate ci­ti­zens to — at no cost — dis­pose of bulk waste such as con­struc­tion/de­mo­li­tion de­bris, met­als, ap­pli­ances, car wrecks, fur­ni­ture, au­to­mo­bile tires, propane tanks and oil tanks (drained and cleaned). Brush and yard waste will also be ac­cepted, and mulched at the site.

Of­fi­cials say it will be a “sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in ser­vice” be­cause res­i­dents through­out the re­gion have tra­di­tion­ally had to trans­port bulk waste to a site such as Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s, or wait for bulk garbage col­lec­tion at the mu­nic­i­pal level.

Many mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers say the sit­u­a­tion has contributed to a worr ying in­crease in il­le­gal dump­ing through­out the re­gion.

“From our point of view, this should help re­duce or al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem we have with il­le­gal dump­ing,” said Car­bon­ear Deput y May o r Ches Ash, who is a membe r o f the East­ern Re­gional Ser vi c e Board, and serves as chair of the board’s strat­egy and pol­icy com­mit­tee.

“It ’ s no more for peo­ple to take their bulk waste to this site than it would be to dump it in the woods,” he added.

Seek­ing sup­port

In Har­bour Grace, the waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity will be es­tab­lished at the site of the old in­cin­er­a­tor, just off Veter­ans Me­mo­rial High­way. The site is owned by the Town of Har­bour Grace, and a now-de­funct en­tity known as the Con­cep­tion Bay North In­cin­er­a­tor As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion was com­prised of eight towns in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Clarke’s Beach, Bay Roberts, Spa­niard’s Bay, Up­per Is­land Cove, Har­bour Grace, Car­bon­ear, Vic­to­ria and Salmon Cove.

The as­so­ci­a­tion never for­mally di­vested it­self of the site, which has cre­ated some “ques­tions of own­er­ship.” In light of this, the East­ern Re­gional Ser­vice Board has writ­ten all eight com­mu­ni­ties, ask­ing for their en­dorse­ment of the project.

It’s known that the Town of Car­bon­ear gave its ap­proval dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing last week, and Bay Roberts passed a sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion late last month.

Once this process is com­plete, the board is ex­pected to move for­ward with en­gi­neer­ing de­signs. A ten­der for the es­tab­lish­ment of the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be called soon, and the site could be in op­er­a­tion by this sum­mer.

The former in­cin­er­a­tor build­ing will be dis­man­tled, and a “lay­down” area sim­i­lar to a park­ing lot will be devel­oped so citi- zens can drop off their bulk items into sep­a­rate col­lec­tion ar­eas.

Claim of own­er­ship

A sim­i­lar time frame is be­ing con­tem­plated for the waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity in Cavendish, which will be lo­cated on the site of the former land­fill.

But there have been some “claims of own­er­ship” on the prop­erty, and the Cavendi sh Lo­cal Ser­vice District has been granted per­mis­sion by the De p a r t me n t o f Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to pro­ceed with ex­pro­pri­a­tion in or­der to clar­ify any ti­tle is­sues to the land.

In Whit­bourne, the pre­ferred site is p r ivately owned land near the high­ways de­pot, just off the Trans- Canada High­way. How­ever, of f i c i a l s s a y the prop e r ty o wne r re­fuses to sell the land, and ex­pro­pri­a­tion is be­ing con­sid­ered.

About a dozen other sites have also been con­sid­ered, and none have been ruled out com­pletely, of­fi­cials say.

As such, the process is a lit­tle more un­cer­tain in Whit­bourne.

If ex­pro­pri­a­tion is nec­es­sary, the board will pick up the cost in both cases be­cause the waste site will ben­e­fit a larger re­gion.

The Whit­bourne site will also serve as a “re­gional hub” for the waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­i­ties, and will likely in­clude a de­pot for ac­com­mo­dat­ing col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles and staff.

“From our point of view, this should help re­duce or al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem we have with il­le­gal dump­ing. It’s no

more for peo­ple to take their bulk waste to this site than it would be to

dump it in the woods. — Ches Ash, deputy mayor of Car­bon­ear, and a mem­ber of the East­ern Re­gional

Ser­vice Board

Staffing

It’s ex­pected that two staff will be hired to op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity in Har­bour Grace, and per­haps one in Cavendish. The num­bers will likely be higher in Whit­bourne, of­fi­cials say.

Hours of op­er­a­tion will likely fol­low a pat­tern es­tab­lished at other sites, which in­cludes Tues­day and Thurs­day from noon to 4 p.m., and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Of­fi­cials stress that th­ese fa­cil­i­ties are for res­i­den­tial use only, and reg­u­lar res­i­den­tial or haz­ardous waste will not be ac­cepted.

At­ten­dants will be on site to en­sure that all ma­te­ri­als are dumped in the proper lo­ca­tion, and that no un­ac­cept­able ma­te­rial is per­mit­ted.

Ash said it’s only fair that res­i­dents of this re­gion have con­ve­nient ac­cess to such a site.

“The res­i­dents of St. John’s and area have that ser­vice avail­able to them, and it’s free of cost. So the re­gional ser­vice board, in pro­vid­ing this waste re­cov­ery site, is mak­ing that same ser­vice avail­able to res­i­dents of this area.

“I’m cer­tainly pleased to see it coming into ex­is­tence.”

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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