Waste re­cov­ery site opens in re­gion

CBN res­i­dents al­ready tak­ing ad­van­tage of drop-off site

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A new waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity was of­fi­cially opened at the old in­cin­er­a­tor site near Har­bour Grace on Nov. 30, al­low­ing area res­i­dents to drop off bulk items and hope­fully re­duce the amount of il­le­gal dump­ing in the re­gion. The fa­cil­ity cost some $465,000, and is open Tues­day and Thurs­day from noon to 4 p.m., and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When Harold Mercer of Up­per Is­land Cove be­gan build­ing his shed, there was nowhere in the area to drop off his bulk garbage. Once the job was near com­ple­tion, he would have to bring the bro­ken dry­wall and ex­cess con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als to Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s, or pay a pri­vate con­trac­tor to pick it up.

Luck­ily for Mercer, that is no longer nec­es­sary.

The Waste Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity built in Har­bour Grace of­fi­cially opened Nov. 30, just as he was com­plet­ing his shed.

“I think it’s great,” Mercer told The Com­pass as he dropped off his ma­te­ri­als to the site Tues­day, Dec. 3.

It was his first trip to the fa­cil­ity, but un­likely to be his last.

Mercer ex­plained he was happy to see a place to bring large items, such as old mat­tresses, elec­tron­ics, ap­pli­ances, tires and con­struc­tion ma­te­rial.

Mercer has a cabin along “the Old Track,” and he said there were al­ways couches and


Every­body ei­ther has a truck or knows some­one with a truck. There’s no ex­cuse now to leave (bulk garbage) ev­ery­where.

— Harold Mercer

New fa­cil­ity opened

other bulk items left nearby. He was happy to see peo­ple now have a place to drop it off.

“Every­body ei­ther has a truck or knows some­one with a truck,” he said. “There’s no ex­cuse now to leave (bulk garbage) ev­ery­where.”

One worker on site con­firmed there were some 50 ve­hi­cles drop­ping off bulk waste on open­ing day, and by 2 p.m. Tues­day, another 15 had been by.

In Au­gust, East­ern Waste Man­age­ment con­firmed a ten­der had been ap­proved to de­mol­ish the for­mer Har­bour Grace in­cin­er­a­tor site, and build the waste re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity.

The to­tal cost for the fa­cil­ity was some $465,000, in­clud­ing de­mo­li­tion of the pre­vi­ous build­ing, site engineering and con­struc­tion of the new fa­cil­ity. That $500,000 es­ti­mate.

On Nov. 30, ea­ger lo­cal lead­ers flocked to the new drop-off site in be­low freez­ing tem­per­a­tures for a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony. The cer­e­mony was quick to let those in­volved get back to their ve­hi­cles and warm up.

Among those on hand were Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes, Car­bon­ear Mayor (act­ing) Ge­orge Butt, Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood and Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore, along with many mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lors. The chair­per­son of the Cavendish Lo­cal Ser­vice Dis­trict, Joy Dob­bie-Bishop, was also on hand, as was Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john.

is less than the ini­tial

Fa­cil­ity de­tails

Two part-time work­ers have been hired for the site, one more than other fa­cil­i­ties.

“There are two peo­ple on this site, which is twice the staffing that we nor­mally have in place. We are an­tic­i­pat­ing that this site will ser­vice a higher vol­ume of peo­ple than any of our other sites,” chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of East­ern Waste Man­age­ment Ken Kelly wrote The Com­pass in an email.

Hours of op­er­a­tion are Tues­day and Thurs­day from noon to 4 p.m. and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fa­cil­ity is lo­cated on In­cin­er­a­tor Road, off Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way be­tween Har­bour Grace and Car­bon­ear.

The site is for res­i­dent’s use only, mainly ser­vic­ing those from Marys­vale to Perry’s Cove. Con­trac­tors will not be able to avail of the drop site.

Sev­eral lo­ca­tions are serv­ing other ar­eas of the Avalon Penin­sula, in­clud­ing a site in Old Per­li­can, Pla­cen­tia, Cavendish, Bay Bulls, Sun­ny­side, St. Joseph’s and Re­news/Cap­pa­hay­den. Another fa­cil­ity is in the works for Whit­bourne, but no time­frame was avail­able for the ex­pected open­ing.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/the Com­pass

Harold Mercer dropped off bulk garbage left over from build­ing a shed at the Waste Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity in Har­bour Grace Tues­day Dec. 3.

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