To trans­fer or not to trans­fer

Re­gional ser­vice board would like to see Burin Penin­sula waste site’s fu­ture set­tled soon

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE MARYS­TOWN, N.L. [email protected]­erngazette.ca

The time is com­ing to make some de­ci­sions on the ul­ti­mate end des­ti­na­tion for the Burin Penin­sula’s waste, ac­cord­ing to Harold Mur­phy.

“We ei­ther are go­ing to have to make in­vest­ments in a trans­fer sta­tion if we’re go­ing to trans­fer it to St. John’s, or if not, we need to start try­ing to con­vince govern­ment of­fi­cials to grant us funds to have a lined land­fill so that we can prop­erly dis­pose of wastes,” Mur­phy, chair of the Burin Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board, told The South­ern Gazette on Tues­day, Nov. 20.

Cur­rently, waste in the re­gion is sent to the board’s site, an un­lined land­fill, lo­cated just off the Burin Penin­sula High­way near Jean de Baie.

“We know that with the vol­umes of waste we’re bury­ing that, you know, we don’t want to end up down the road with a prob­lem on our hands, so we want to be proac­tive and try to get the ball rolling,” Mur­phy said, point­ing out there are no im­mi­nent con­cerns at the fa­cil­ity.

The board has its pref­er­ence and has been con­sis­tent in telling the pro­vin­cial govern­ment it be­lieves a lined land­fill on the Burin Penin­sula is the cheaper op­tion.

Mur­phy notes in­ter­nal stud­ies have shown ship­ping waste from the Burin Penin­sula to Robin Hood Bay could cost some­where be­tween $320-$350 per house­hold, dou­ble the cur­rent rate of $170, though he in­di­cated a lined land­fill will also mean an in­crease.

The board now has some fresh in­for­ma­tion at its dis­posal as it moves for­ward.

Marys­town-based con­sul­tant firm Ed­wards and As­so­ci­ates was asked by the board to com­plete an up­date of its 2008 study of waste man­age­ment op­tions for the Burin Penin­sula.

The board was re­cently pro­vided with a draft copy of the re­port for re­view, Mur­phy said, not­ing he had only had a chance to skim the doc­u­ment thus far and could not com­ment on it un­til the fi­nal ver­sion is re­ceived.

The idea for the up­date came from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s own waste man­age­ment strat­egy re­view, Mur­phy said.

“We wanted to have ours up­dated so we could see where we stand,” he said.

WWW.BURINPENWASTE.COM

The Burin Penin­sula Re­gional Ser­vice Board’s waste man­age­ment site.

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