Harbour Grace prepared to close dump
Eastern Waste Management given 30 days to respond
HARBOUR GRACE, NL — The Town of Harbour Grace is ready to call it quits with the dump on Incinerator Road.
Harbour Grace has been dealing with an overflow of shingles in their local dump for several months, and Mayor Terry Barnes has had enough.
Barnes told The Compass that the dump sees approximately 200-300 pickup truckloads of trash a week, but only a small portion of that gets dealt with in the same week, resulting in an overflow of shingles.
“It’s really not fit,” said Barnes. “Just look at the dump in Whitbourne, for example. That one is as neat and tidy as it gets for a dump, but then you come see ours, and it’s like night and day. There’s stuff everywhere, and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Barnes said that the town has reached out to Eastern Waste Management on multiple occasions, but has yet to hear a response, or see anything done to remedy the issue.
As a result, Barnes said that the Town of Harbour Grace is prepared to shut down the dump in response to the lack of cooperation.
Barnes explained that the town has issued a warning, which was sent approximately a week and a half ago, to Eastern Waste Management. If the town does not receive a response of some kind within 30 days, they will be closing the dump.
“It’s a concerning issue,” said Barnes. “It’s garbage, trash. It’s there for a reason – to be taken away to somewhere where it can be properly dealt with, and that’s not being done enough.”
“There are a lot of issues that can arise from this,” Barnes went on to explain. “If some kids decide to light a fire near there, who knows what could happen. The place is dangerous, and only gets worse as the weeks go by.”
When asked what would happen if the dump is shut down, Barnes said that the responsibility would be in the hands of the provincial government.
“I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that it’ll be dealt with like it should be, but it’s been too long now. If nothing comes of it this recent letter, then that’s it. We’re going to shut her down, because if it goes on much longer, it’s not going to be a safe place to be around.”
Ken Kelly, chief administrative officer for Eastern Waste Management confirmed to The Compass that the town’s letter had been received, though a spokesperson was unavailable for further comment prior to deadline.
The Town of Harbour Grace is preparing to shut down the local dump if they do not receive a response from Eastern Waste Management within the next few weeks.