Year one for Bay Roberts re­cy­cling

Bay Roberts re­cy­cling pro­gram deemed a suc­cess

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Monthly break­down

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.

Truck pur­chase

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

Sean Elms

George Sim­mons

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