Go­ing green in 2015

Curb­side re­cy­cling col­lec­tion com­ing to Up­per Is­land Cove

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer /The Compass

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.

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