Curb­side re­cy­cling de­ci­sion looms for Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@CBN­com­pass.ca

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.

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