Changes to Car­bon­ear curb­side col­lec­tion for 2015

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

Since curb­side re­cy­cling be­gan in 2012, there have been a few com­plaints from Car­bon­ear res­i­dents about their blue bag re­cy­clables not get­ting picked up.

How­ever, The Com­pass re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from Phyl­lis Deer­ing, who was frus­trated about her re­cy­clables be­ing left at the curb with­out get­ting picked up (see A4).

To shine some light on the sit­u­a­tion, we reached out to the town for some clar­i­fi­ca­tion, and what the next step is with garbage and re­cy­cling pick up for 2015.

Lynch’s Truck­ing En­ter­prises has been the con­trac­tor pick­ing up the blue bags since the ser­vice be­gan, but there are some changes com­ing in the new year.

The company’s con­tract con­cluded Dec. 31, and East­ern Waste Man­age­ment has re­ceived the new re­cyl­c­ing con­tract start­ing in 2015.

Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis ad­mits the town has heard some com­plaints from res­i­dents over the past few ye a r s , b u t e a c h o n e h a d b een ad­dressed.

“There was a res­i­dent that ex­press con­cerns within the past cou­ple of weeks that their re­cy­clables were not picked up,” Davis said. “The mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer dis­cussed the is­sue… and the con­trac­tor was con­tacted. Even though they were not col­lected on Mon­day, the con­trac­tor picked up the bags on Fri­day when he was back in Car­bon­ear for Area 2.”

In the let­ter from Deer­ing, she said she was in­formed her re­cy­clables would be picked up that day. It didn’t hap­pen, and for five days, they re­mained on the curb.

“I un­der­stand that when the con­trac­tor went to the prop­erty the bags that were placed for col­lec­tion were picked up,” Davis ex­plained.

But what are some of the rea­sons given why re­cy­clables could be missed?

Any­time a pick up is missed, it is in­ves­ti­gated by the mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

Davis ex­plained that from time-to­time, a house could be over­looked. Although it’s a rare oc­cur­rence, it has hap­pened.

“The col­lec­tors are hu­man and for what­ever rea­son may be dis­tracted and miss some­one’s garbage or re­cy­clables. We apol­o­gize for this and will do our best to rec­tify the prob­lem,” Davis said.

Another po­ten­tial rea­son is that not all the items in the blue bags are re­cy­clable, or not sorted cor­rectly. The col­lec­tors will place a sticker on the bag to in­form the res­i­dent if this is the case.

Thirdly, re­cy­clables are only picked up ev­ery sec­ond week. It’s pos­si­ble the week the re­cy­clables were placed out was not a re­cy­cling pick up week.

The op­po­site has also been said to hap­pen. The res­i­dent is late plac­ing their re­cy­clables at the curb, and the col­lec­tors have al­ready went by.

“The new col­lec­tor has GPS track­ers on the col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles which iden­ti­fies the time and the lo­ca­tion of a ve­hi­cle,” Davis ex­plained.

Res­i­dents are still en­cour­aged to call the town about any con­cerns re­gard­ing col­lec­tion.

“We ex­pect that there will be a learn­ing curv’ when the new con­trac­tor starts,” said Davis. “We hope peo­ple will be pa­tient while the new col­lec­tors get fa­mil­iar with the town and the col­lec­tion route.”

The Com­pass at­tempted to reach out to Deer­ing to find out how she feels about the re­sponses and changes, but did not re­ceive a re­sponse.

Start­ing Jan. 5, garbage col­lec­tion will be han­dled for the en­tire town on Mon­days. Pre­vi­ously, half was col­lected Mon­day, and the other half on Fri­day.

The first col­lec­tion will be for both garbage and re­cy­clables.

A no­tice sent to each home last week said all bags should be placed by the curb or in garbage boxes by 8 a.m.

A sched­ule that in­cludes hol­i­days and bulk garbage col­lec­tion will be mailed out by East­ern Waste Man­age­ment in the near fu­ture.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

BAG IT UP — Mem­bers of the Bay Roberts Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment were on hand at Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket in Bay Roberts on Dec. 22 to help bag gro­ceries for cus­tomers. They were there to support the store’s fundrais­ing ef­fort to pro­vide the depart­ment with at least one Self-Con­tained Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tus. Pow­ell’s are sell­ing tick­ets on a pair of gift bas­kets to raise the money. Here, as­sis­tant chief Doug Mercer (left) and fire­fighter Shane Franey load one cus­tomer’s gro­ceries into a cart.

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