Curbside recycling decision looms for Harbour Grace
Harbour Grace will soon need to decide whether it wants to follow the lead of other Conception Bay North communities and introduce a curbside recycling pickup service.
At last Wednesday’s council meeting, Coun. Gordon Stone updated fellow councillors on some number crunching he did alongside Coun. Tony McCarthy. In May, the pair agreed to spearhead a committee to suss out what it would take for the town to offer such a service.
The town’s three-year contract with a private company that picks up garbage is set to expire in April. Comparing what Eastern Waste Management charges for garbage and recycling pickup to what the town is currently pay- ing, Stone and McCarthy found the town would pay an extra $32,000 annually on top what it’s currently charged for garbage collection.
Taking into account tipping fees per tonne, Eastern Waste Management will charge approximately $114 per household, according to Stone, who added there are 1,400 households in Harbour Grace. That would result in a bill of almost $160,00 annually. The expiring three-year contract has a value of $384,000, working out to $128,000 annually.
“So that $32,000 difference is black bag service, no recycling,” said Stone.
Stone has heard from plenty of Harbour Grace residents who want curbside recycling collection in the community, and he counts himself among those who would like to see it happen.
“If we go to tender, well, we don’t know what prices (we’ll get), but nevertheless, our present-day price is not going to stand if we do recycling, because they have to have trucks with two sections in it to collect it,” Stone said.
Bay Roberts, Carbonear and Placentia are among the communities in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area that have introduced curbside recycling collection service in recent years. The latter two communities both have contracts with Eastern Waste Management.
“As a modern town, we’re going to have, in my opinion, to move into recycling,” said Stone. “How we do it in terms of the provider, this is the time to make that decision.”
The Town of Harbour Grace’s contract with the company that collects residential garbage will soon be up, and the town is now looking to see whether it will include curbside recycling in the next contract it signs with a service provider.