Town of Marystown preparing for waste collection takeover
Marystown Town Council has affirmed July 2 as the takeover date for garbage collection by the Burin Peninsula Waste Management Municipal Service Delivery Corporation.
A motion was passed to accept the deadline during Tuesday evening’s council meeting.
It came with a caveat proposed by Mayor Sam Synard that the deadline implementation depend on the agreement brought forward to council.
“We can’t do it under any terms,” he said. “We’ve got to agree to do it, because we might be presented with a contract that we just can’t live with.”
Councillor Leonard Pittman, a director for the Marystown area sub- region on the corporation’s board, acknowledged the town’s lawyers were still finalizing the language of a memorandum of understanding with the corporation last week. He was hopeful but unsure whether the document would be ready when the two sides met again the following day.
Coun. Pittman said council owed it to the public and businesses to confirm the July 2 date.
“This is being implemented by government,” he said referring to the province’s waste management strategy, “and we have to move forward with it.”
Deputy Mayor Al Spencer called the process frustrating for council and residents.
He suggested both the town and the corporation have a responsibility to educate residents on how the new collection system will work.
“Being in the middle, you don’t know what to tell people,” he acknowledged. “At the end of the day, this is going to happen. We are being told, whether we like it or not, this is how it’s going to be.”
Coun. Pittman agreed “the education piece needs to get out there.”
The Burin Peninsula Waste Management Municipal Service Delivery Corporation took over collection services for towns in the area’s southern region, along with the landfill site at Molliers, two years ago.
Waste will be diverted from Molliers to the Town of Marystown’s site near Jean de Baie in the coming months. The corporation is also aiming to bring communities north of Marystown on board early next year.