Going green in 2015
Curbside recycling collection coming to Upper Island Cove
A number of communities in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region have started recycling programs in recent years and now another is following suite.
The Town of Upper Island Cove has signed a three-year contract with Lynch’s Trucking of Upper Island Cove after the company submitted the best proposal on a tender put out by the town.
Lynch’s will handle the pickup and delivery of residents’ paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and any other recyclable materials. It is the same company that handles Island Cove’s regular garbage collection.
“We’ve been planning to go that route,” said Mayor George Adams. “It seems to be the way that things are going now.”
Towns are becoming cognizant of the need to start looking after the environment. That’s why Carbonear in 2011, Bay Roberts in 2013 and Placentia this year have all asked their residents to sort their garbage and place the reusable materials in clear, blue bags.
“You want to be environmentally conscious,” said Adams. “We all have to do our part to keep helping the environment.”
However, Rome was not built in a day, as they say, and the implementation of the program in Upper Island Cove is still months away. The mayor expects it will start sometime in the spring, preferably April, adding it is not mandatory for residents to participate.
This leaves a two-three month period for the town to educate its residents on the process and get everything in place for the start date.
“We’re going to follow along some of the same lines as Eastern Waste (Management),” said Adams.
Working with the school
As it stands, the town’s school — St. Peter’s Elementary — has a booming recycling program. Many of the town’s residents already take their bottles and cans to the school in an effort to support its activities. The Multi Materials Stewardship Board matches funds raised by schools through recycled beverage containers.
Adams said the town’s plan is to not interfere with the good thing the school has going for it. Rather, he would like to see the two work handin-hand and complement each other.
St. Peter’s would handle the bottles and cans, while Island Cove would handle everything else.
In his December newsletter, Adams wrote that the town’s incoming initiative is not meant to replace the school’s recycling program and “council encourages residents to contribute to this important school fundraising project. However, you will have the option to divert recyclable material not collected by the school.”
Recycling programs like the one Upper Island Cove is moving forward with not only help the environment. They also reduce tipping fees for household waste disposal at Robin Hood Bay, which are paid by towns.
For domestic waste, it costs $67.60 a tonne for disposal, while it is considerably cheaper for recyclables — $20 a tonne.
The residents of Upper Island Cove will be placing blue recycling bags in their garbage boxes later this year once the town implements its planned recycling program.