Scav­eng­ing de­creased at land­fill

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN

In mid-July the Town of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay an­nounced they would be stepping up en­force­ment at the land­fill to try and cut down on scav­eng­ing.

The change was the topic of de­bate on so­cial me­dia with de­trac­tors on both sides. Some felt it blocked peo­ple from re­cy­cling sal­vage­able ma­te­ri­als from the land­fill, while oth­ers wel­comed the change.

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Deputy Mayor Bert Pomeroy said at the time it was an­nounced that it was more a safety and li­a­bil­ity is­sue than any­thing. A six-year-old girl was in­jured at the land­fill in 2016 by a piece of heavy equip­ment and the town wants to pre­vent any­thing like that from hap­pen­ing again.

“It’s a li­a­bil­ity is­sue,” he said. “We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure pub­lic safety.

“If we have a policy that says there’s no scav­eng­ing and don’t en­force it we could be li­able for any­thing that could hap­pen. It’s pro­tect­ing pub­lic in­ter­est and the in­ter­ests of the town.”

Now, less than two months af­ter the change, Pomeroy said there’s been a no­tice­able de­crease in scav­eng­ing at the land­fill.

“We’ve been in­formed there’s a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in the num­ber of peo­ple at the land­fill, so it’s work­ing,” he said.

Pomeroy said all the metal that’s brought to the land­fill is sep­a­rated and re­cy­cled and as far as he knows the is­sue is more with re­cy­clable bev­er­age con­tain­ers.

“There is a town de­pot here and if peo­ple choose to throw these items in the garbage it’s not some­thing I rec­om­mend, it doesn’t take a lot of ef­fort to sep­a­rate them,” he said. “If peo­ple don’t want them just put it on so­cial me­dia and peo­ple will be glad to take them.”

EVAN CAREEN — THE LABRADORIAN

Peo­ple mostly scav­enge at the land­fill in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay for re­cy­clables.

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