Bay Roberts to launch curbside recycling in January
Town officials excited about offering this new service to residents
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.
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.
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.”
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.