Going green in Salmon Cove
The Town of Salmon Cove wants whatever the MultiMaterials Stewardship Board (MMSB) doesn’t want or take.
They aren’t looking for soda pop cans, juice bottles and the like. Rather, they’re looking for everything else.
That means those old ketchup bottles; butter tubs or windshield wash bottles heading to the garbage are exactly what the town is looking for, according to Mayor Gordon King.
It’s all a part of the town’s recycling credo.
“We’ll supply the blue bags to the residents, they can put them in that, take the bags to the curb and people who collect the garbage will take it,” said King
All of it is a part of its waste and recycling program. This year, Salmon Cove has added metal pickups to the menu.
Town recycling programs are becoming more and more commonplace in the TrinityConception-Placentia region these days. Larger towns like Harbour Grace, Bay Roberts and Carbonear have come on board in recent years, while smaller ones are slowly coming around.
Salmon Cove adopted its non-MMSB program three years ago, making amongst the first towns in the region to bring such a program online.
Each have had various levels of success. In Salmon Cove, the mayor sees more people every year taking advantage of the service.
However, one thing King would like to see more of is blue bags on curbsides around the town. Right now, a small percentage of residents are participating in this portion of the recycling program.
“We’d like to see more people doing it,” he said. “We’re trying to more recycling.” encourage
Why the alternatives?
Where most towns installing recycling programs are looking at taking whatever their residents want to throw in the blue bags, Salmon Cove is staying away from the usual suspects like cans and bottles.
That’s reserved for community groups and used as a valuable fundraising tool. According to the mayor, the town would rather not compromise the work those groups are doing.
“We’re trying to complement what those groups are doing,” said King. “We’re looking for the stuff you can’t give to the local youth groups and such.”
The recycling program is an integral part of the town’s plan to go green and lower its carbon footprint.
In the past couple of years, they’ve taken to issuing all council correspondence electronically in an effort to reduce paper usage. They’ve adopted iPads for council meetings and always keep a close eye on other green avenues.
“We’re looking at community composting sites around the town and we’re going to encourage residents to do their own composting,” said King. “We’re really trying to lower our carbon footprint.”
“We’d like to see more people doing it. We’re trying to encourage more recycling.” Gordon King