Year one for Bay Roberts recycling
Bay Roberts recycling program deemed a success
The Town of Bay Roberts just finished its first year offering curbside recyclables collection. Director of public works Sean Elms is pleased with how year one went, but he expects things will only get better in 2015 as more people take advantage of the service.
The Bay Roberts recycling plan is not where town officials would like it to be, but it is a step in the right direction.
At the town’s regular council meeting on Jan. 13, the director of public works Sean Elms tabled a report containing results from the last year — the first for curbside pick up.
Laid in spreadsheet format, the report holds information from January 2014 – the program’s start date – through to last November. The information from December was unavailable.
“You can see that overall collection weight went down from 2013,” said Elms. “The town collected over 2,200 tonnes of garbage and over 50 tonnes of recycling material.
“I’m impressed with the recyclable garbage.”
In 2013, 2,600 tonnes of garbage was collected over a 12-month period.
Unless the town learns that a massive amount of garbage was collected last month, Bay Roberts should save money on tipping fees for disposal. The 2,600 tonnes of garbage cost the town $175,473 in 2013.
The disposal of recyclables for the first 11 months of 2014 cost the town just over $1,000 in tipping fees.
Tracking the recyclable numbers shows an 11-month period of highs and lows. Starting in January 2014, Bay Robert collected 1,810 kilograms of recyclable materials, representing the lowest total for any month that year.
The month with the most reusable materials collected was May with over 7,000 kg. May also proved to be the busiest month for household garbage collection.
“That was people spring cleaning for waste,” said Elms.
The monthly average for Bay Roberts was 4,600 kg of recyclable waste. It is a number the town is pleased with, but it expects interest in curbside collection will increase in 2015.
“I’m expecting us to be above the average this year,” said Elms. “All we can do is keep promoting it. For me, there are a lot of benefits. Not just cost-wise, but also environmentally. “It’s the right way to go.” Garbage regulation alteration Keeping with the garbage motif, Bay Roberts council voted to update a pair of its garbage and refuse regulations.
Both involve the days and times of collection. The following is a rundown of the updates:
The Town of Bay Roberts will pick up and dispose of domestic garbage at a suitable site on a regular weekly basis for regular garbage and on a bi-weekly basis for recycling; Garbage and recycling is to be placed at the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection day.As a part of the updates, the town will also send a letter to any commercial properties that have their garbage collected by the town advising them that the service will stop in the future.
Guard rail placement
Bay Roberts approved the placement of guard rails at two spots along George Mercer Drive on Coley’s Point due to safety concerns. One would be located across from Anthony Place, while the other would be across from Dawe’s Road.
Both are steep inclines and can be slippery in the winter months.
“If you’ve come across that road, it can be slippery and you could easily end up in the wash,” said Coun. George Simmons. “We looked at that and thought it through and agreed there should be a guard rail there.”
The town intends to install the rails in the spring when weather. As a result of this decision, the town will review other areas on the same street to see if additional rails are necessary.
One of the town’s 2015 budget items has been taken care off. The town approved the purchase of a medium duty truck with a dump body. This would be used to tow its small excavator and other tools during the summer months and as a plow during the winter.
I’m expecting us to be above the average this year. All we can do is keep promoting it. Sean Elms