Burin Peninsula Waste Management funding approved
The Burin Peninsula Waste Management Cooperation has received $375,000 to assist with its continued development and implementation of waste management plans for the region.
The funds are being provided over the next three years from the Newfoundland and Labrador Waste Management Trust Fund administered by the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB).
Environment and Conservation Minister Charlene Johnson indicated
“ The trust fund supports regional progressive waste management practices in Newfoundland and Labrador and by doing so, plays an important role in ensuring the environmental sustainability of our province.
“ The Burin Peninsula Waste Management Corporation will utilize this funding to maintain momentum in the development and implementation of their waste management plans.”
The schedule for advancing the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy calls for full province-wide modern waste management by 2020.
Municipal Affairs Minister Dianne Whalen said “ The regional authorities are diligently working to keep the plans moving forward ensuring that key milestones are met along the way towards full implementation of the provincial strategy.”
Burin Peninsula Waste Corporation Chair Cyril Dodge recognized the continued support by MMSB, the Department of Municipal Affairs and the Department of Environment and Conservation.
“ With these instrumental funds now in place, it is our aim that within the next three years, we will have a regional facility in operation, with all residents and businesses of the Burin Peninsula following the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.”
MMSB supports the implementation of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy by providing funds to the regional committees so they can undertake research and develop long-term, sustainable plans for a more environmentally responsible and progressive waste management system throughout their region of the province.
This new system will see the introduction of recycling programs and other important waste diversion initiatives throughout the region.
Leigh Puddester, MMSB Chair and Chief Executive Officer, explained
“Continuing to work with the regional waste committees, such as the one on the Burin Peninsula is extremely important to the waste management process. Our continued support is necessary if we are to successfully meet our long-term objectives, ultimately ensuring a clean and healthy environment throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy identified a regional approach as the most costeffective and environmentally-responsible means of addressing the province’s waste management needs over the long-term, especially in rural areas.
MMSB is responsible for providing start-up planning and organizational development support to the 15 regional waste management authorities to enable them to implement modern waste management systems throughout the province.