New compost bin rollout continues
been using compostable plastic bags provided by the county. the transfer station. So, what’s happening is that recyclables are going to Chester now and we drop off residuals and recyclables there.”
The compost is a different matter, and ironically compost from Annapolis County is now going to where it always used to go.
“Compost is going to Northridge in Aylesford,” Ferguson said. “Northridge used to be the site for compost until this year. Compost from Valley Waste is being trucked to Colchester County to a place called Fundy Compost.”
He said the county anticipated it would have increased costs because of not being able to use the transfer station, where larger trucks would be loaded with the various streams and then make the trip to Chester.
“We still anticipate having overall savings despite the increased costs at this time” Ferguson said.
Transfer station expropriation
After Valley Waste stopped service in Annapolis County, and refused to allow the county to use the transfer station, the county filed with the province to expropriate the Lawrencetown facility, a 90-day process before the site has to be relinquished by Valley Waste – if the expropriation is successful.
“There’s an application for judicial review by the other six municipalities on our expropriation,” said Ferguson. “We had a court hearing. No decision has been made on the judicial review and we said that we would not occupy the Western Transfer Station until it was in court again. We wouldn’t push to have occupation of the Western Transfer Station until I think the date is Nov. 20. The official end of the 90 days is Nov. 17 but we said we wouldn’t do anything until the court hearing took place.”
“I can confirm that Valley Waste and the solicitor for the six remaining members of the inter-municipal agreement have requested a judicial review,” said Valley Waste spokesman Andrew Garrett. “This is set for Nov. 20 to discuss the validity of Annapolis County’s expropriation action.”