Former landfill now a waste recovery facility
Cavendish opens bulk garbage drop-off location for Trinity Bay area
The sight of large mounds of furniture, old appliances, and garbage should no longer be an eyesore in communities from Heart’s Delight-Islington to Hant’s Harbour in Trinity Bay.
Some roadsides in the area have previously been piled high with non-recyclable materials, leaving contractors and bulk garbage removal companies to pick them up.
The new Cavendish Waste Recovery Facility — the new bulk drop-off facility in the area — had a lineup of vehicles just before noon on opening day, Oct.15. Some residents were curious and stopped to take a look, while others hauled truckloads of bulk garbage for disposal, says Ken Kelly, chief administrative officer for Eastern Waste Management, the organization responsible for the project.
Kelly explained how some residents have already returned several times to the location.
On Sept. 19 Eastern Waste Management announced a contract was awarded for construction to begin the new facility, which is located at the old landfill, off route 80. At a cost of some $260,000, the facility was built to house storage bins to collect and separate types of bulk garbage throughout the year.
All collected items then get shipped by truck to the Robin Hood Bay waste management facility in St. John’s. Contractors are not permitted to use the facility.
Bay Bulls Mayor Harold Mullowney was on hand Oct. 19 to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new location.
“When trucks begin to truck out the contents from (the Bay Bulls) facility, it is almost like they were never there,” Mullowney said of the success in his town.
He explained people are using the facility regularly, and bring truckloads of bulk waste with them.
Also on hand were Cavendish local service district chair Joy Bishop-Dobbie, New Harbour chair Beverley Higdon and former deputy mayor of Carbonear, Ches Ash.
A facility in Harbour Grace at the old regional incinerator location is expected to be completed in December.
There is already other facilities of its kind located in Old Perlican, Placentia, Sunnyside, St. Joseph’s and Renews-Cappahaden. There is also an active plan to build a waste facility in Whitbourne and a transfer facility in Clarenville.