Car­bon­ear con­sid­ers com­mu­nity com­post­ing

Town wants re­view of shared ser­vices with neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Once a week, thou­sands of Car­bon­ear res­i­dents leave bags of garbage at the curb or in their wooden garbage boxes for pick up.

Ev­ery sec­ond week, the re­cy­cling truck makes its rounds, pick­ing up thou­sands of bags of cans, bot­tles and card­board.

It’s a hefty amount that gets trucked to Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s at a cost of some $65 per tonne for garbage and $20 per tonne of re­cy­cling.

Coun. David Kennedy was one of a few coun­cil­lors who dis­cussed the idea of de­creas­ing the town’s wastage at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing, Tues­day, Oct. 21.

“It was noted that in the fu­ture the town could per­haps set up com­post­ing to han­dle house­hold com­post ma­te­rial, as well as grass clip­pings and the leaves in the fall,” Kennedy told The Com­pass fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

Right now, leaves and grass get trans­ferred to the Robin Hood Bay fa­cil­ity as well. But Kennedy thinks it’s un­nec­es­sary since they are com­postable.

He be­lieves such a ser­vice will save the town a lot of money due to the saved ton­nage of waste.

Other ad­van­tages Kennedy cites in­clude giv­ing res­i­dents, in­clud­ing those who op­er­ate the com­mu­nity gar­den, “ex­cel­lent soil” and “mak­ing Car­bon­ear an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly com­mu­nity.”

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis said she would look into the op­tion, to see if it is fea­si­ble to have com­mu­nal com­post­ing in the town.

Kennedy would like to see more in­for­ma­tion, and if fea­si­ble, they should try to put some­thing in place.

The Multi-Ma­te­ri­als Ste­wartship Board (MMSB) has put two pi­lot projects in mo­tion in the past five years, in­clud­ing one in Holy­rood in 2009 and the other in the Town of Grand Bank in 2012.

In both places, com­post­ing ma­te­ri­als were picked up and trucked to a cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

The Town of Grand Falls-Wind­sor also has a project un­der­way, which re­quires lo­cals to drop off their com­postable items at the town’s recre­ation de­pot. Th­ese res­i­dents would also be able to come get soil if they need it.

It is un­known at this time how Car­bon­ear would pro­ceed with the project.

If the project goes ahead, Kennedy would like to see it in­cor­po­rated into the new town de­pot lo­cated in the in­dus­trial park on Goff Av­enue. Shared ser­vices At the meet­ing, it ap­peared many of the coun­cil­lors were also in­ter­ested in re­vis­it­ing the idea of shared ser­vices with other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Car­bon­ear, as one of the largest mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion, is open to learn­ing more about work­ing with their neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties to the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one in­volved.

“The only fear is we can ap­proach Sal­mon Cove, Vic­to­ria, Har­bour Grace and Spa­niard’s Bay about shared ser­vices, but with­out know­ing what can be shared,” Kennedy told the group. “If somebody came out and did an in­de­pen­dent study on shared ser­vices, we could look at mov­ing for­ward.”

Some ex­am­ples that were pre­sented in­cluded the lo­cal fire de­part­ments, which al­ready help each other when nec­es­sary, mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment and pub­lic works ten­ders.

Shar­ing road salt is a big thing, said Coun. Ed Goff. Coun. Ray Noel

“If somebody came out and did an in­de­pen­dent study on shared ser­vices, we could look at mov­ing

for­ward.” — David Kennedy

agreed.

“That’s some­thing that we can’t af­ford not to be in­volved in,” Noel said.

“Of course the study would ask all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties how ser­vices could be shared and how money can be saved,” Kennedy said. “Yet, a study would also note what ser­vices are shared across the prov­ince and coun­try.

“Be­ing an in­de­pen­dent study it would not be one sided or lop-sided but thor­ough and trans­par­ent.”

The town is look­ing at how to pro­ceed with a study at lit­tle to no cost for tax­pay­ers.

Com­pass file photo

David Kennedy

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