Burin Penin­sula Waste Man­age­ment fund­ing ap­proved

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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