Non-profit organization garbage collection costly for Bay Roberts
Some pickups costing upwards of $15,000 at times
BAY ROBERTS, NL — The costs of some garbage collection in Bay Roberts is proving to be rather expensive for the town.
During a regular council meeting held in Bay Roberts on Tuesday night, Mar. 13, Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman presented the town’s public works committee report. Toward the end of the report, the possible costs of once-a-week garbage collection for non-profit organizations were brought up.
Yetman explained the garbage collection for non-profits is something the town has offered for quite some time, and to a number of organizations in the past.
He went on to explain from the report that after adding up the tonnage and dollar values of garbage the town has been picking up from non-profit organizations, it reaches into the $15,000 to $20,000 range.
“The once-a-week pickup results in taking an hour or more to collect, and it’s usually coming out to be about four tons,” Yetman said. “The boys can gauge – if the truck’s about half full, they know it’s around four tonnes in there, since the truck can take about eight tonnes. So, if you’re half filling the truck with one stop, we’ve estimated that to be in the $15,000-$20,000 range. That’s quite a dollar figure, and something worth looking into.”
In the past, the committee has worked together to try and come up with other means of garbage collection, in an attempt to lower these numbers, Yetman went on to explain. He said this is something worth looking into again.
“Sadly, a lot of things get dropped off to the Helping Hand, for example, that they just can’t use, so that has to get tossed out,” Mayor Phillip Wood added to the conversation.
“Unfortunately, in all likelihood, people are using it for that purpose sometimes, which only adds to the amount of garbage that’s collected from these places every week.”
Wood noted things such as old couches and other large items that sometimes may be better off being brought to a proper dumping site are taking up a lot of space in organizations’ garbage, ultimately increasing the weight and price associated with collecting this waste.
On top of this, the faster a truck fills up, the faster it is being driven out of town to be emptied, meaning the truck is no longer available in the town for approximately three to four hours.
Yetman added that as of this week’s meeting, Bay Roberts is home to two major non-profit organizations, one of which will soon be relocating to another community.
Currently, there are no specific policies regarding garbage collection for non-profit organizations, though council agreed it was something worth looking into.
“The volume of the garbage that’s coming out of them, I think, could probably be reduced in the long run,” Yetman said.
Coun. Dean Franey added that, due to the high cost of the collection, it may be something council will need to consider in the future if such organizations request certain types of funding.
Later in Tuesday night’s meeting, Coun. Geoff Seymour addressed the recent retirement of Dr. Raymond Shandera, who had been practicing medicine in the community for the last 44 years. Shandera’s retirement led to two major points in Tuesday night’s meeting – how council plans to honour his service to the community, and what it means for residents who had been relying on him for the last four-and-ahalf decades.
Council ultimately decided that a certificate should be presented to Shandera, as a means of commemorating his 44-yearlong medical career and to thank him for all the hard work
he’d put into the community throughout those years.
With Shandera’s retirement
comes a slight issue for the town, however, as Seymour explained to council. There is now
an empty space to fill for doctors in Bay Roberts, and plenty of people will be actively seeking
out a new family doctor.
“I think, at the very least, we as a council should reach out to Shoppers (where Shandera operated out of) to see if they’re actively searching for someone to replace him,” Seymour said.
“If they are, or aren’t, perhaps there’s something we can do to help with that process because I know a lot of people are going to be on the lookout for a new doctor now.”
Seymour went on to note a particular instance during which an elderly resident had to travel to Old Perlican for medical treatment. Having to wait for some time, the trip took a total of eight hours. He said such situations can be avoided when a new doctor comes to fill Shandera’s position.
Ultimately, it was decided the town would reach out to inquire about this in the near future and work from there.
Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman presented Tuesday night’s public works committee report, detailing the cost of garbage collection for non-profit organizations.