Bay Roberts to launch curb­side re­cy­cling in Jan­uary

Town of­fi­cials ex­cited about of­fer­ing this new ser­vice to res­i­dents

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

Curb­side re­cy­cling is com­ing to Bay Roberts.

In a lit­tle over a month, the town will in­tro­duce the ini­tia­tive to its res­i­dents, fol­low­ing on the heels of a sim­i­lar pro­gram es­tab­lished in Car­bon­ear in 2012.

Bay Roberts Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man has been at the fore­front of the push to im­ple­ment curb­side re­cy­cling for the last num­ber of years. “It’s ex­cel­lent,” he said. Yet­man said the first in­for­ma­tion pack­ets will be go­ing out to res­i­dents in con­junc­tion with the next edi­tion of the Bay Roberts Gazette, which is sched­uled to be re­leased early next week.

This in­for­ma­tion will in­clude the break­down of the town into four col­lec­tion zones, as well as a list of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als and year-long pickup cal­en­dar.

“We’ll also be send­ing out fur­ther pack­ages the closer we get to the start date,” said Sean Elms, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works.

“That’ll prob­a­bly be around mid-De­cem­ber,” added Yet­man.

This re­lease will set res­i­dents up with a kit that in­cludes enough blue bags for one month.

Jan. 6 is the an­tic­i­pated start date for the pro­gram.

“It was back in the late spring that we mo­tioned this to go ahead, but it has been talked about a num­ber of years,” said Yet­man.

Once the is­sue was passed in coun­cil, the town set about mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing was planned out and ac­counted for.

“We said, ‘ This is it, we’re go­ing to do it now,’” said Yet­man.

To see what works and does not work with curb­side, Bay Roberts ap­proached other com­mu­ni­ties like Car­bon­ear, St. John’s and Con­cep­tion Bay South to see what prob­lems they’ve had to deal with.

“They gave us the ad­vice on things like sched­ul­ing,” said Elms.

How it works

Res­i­dents will have their re­cy­clables col­lected at the same time as their reg­u­lar garbage.

Items such as milk car­tons, card­board, tuna cans and reg­u­lar re­cy­clables will be ac­cepted by the town. How­ever, if res­i­dents still want to bring their drink bot­tles and soda cans to places like the Green Depot, they still can.

“We want the stuff that is in your black bags right now like your cans of tuna, your milk car­tons and your Javex bot­tles. All that stuff that goes in the black and put in the blue bags,” said Elms. The com­mu­nity is di­vided into four zones. “That was the long­est part, get­ting the zones down,” said Yet­man.

Sav­ing money

The move to curb­side re­cy­cling could end up sav­ing Bay Roberts money in the long run. The reg­u­lar garbage and re­cy­clables are both trucked to Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s. Garbage costs the town some $67 per tonne, while re­cy­clables are al­most $50 cheaper, at $20 a tonne. “It’ll save big time,” said Yet­man. This money saved would go back into the town, and could help off­set start-up costs.

Grow­ing pains

Both Elms and Yet­man rec­og­nize there will be grow­ing. Whether it is pickup be­ing on a new day or re­mem­ber­ing what is a re­cy­clable and what is not, there will be some is­sues.

How­ever, town of­fi­cials are ex­cited to have the curb­side pro­gram go­ing in Bay Roberts very soon.

When asked what an ideal start rate for res­i­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion would be, Yet­man said, “We hope for the very best right from the start.”

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Bay Roberts Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man (right) has long ad­vo­cated for a curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram in the town. He is shown here with­Sean Elms, the town’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic works.

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