Har­bour Grace pre­pared to close dump

East­ern Waste Man­age­ment given 30 days to re­spond

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

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.

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