Go­ing green in Sal­mon Cove

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

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.”

Go­ing green

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

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