New waste management plan could cost $150-$200 per household

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Cost is the biggest concern about the waste management plan in the works for eastern Newfoundland.

When things are up and running, people who lead communities from Clarenville east wonder what they'll pay to bring waste to the regional landfill at Robin Hood Bay, as well as the amount they'll fork out to offer residents programs such as recycling.

"Obviously, there are going to be additional costs, and we've got no other way to recover them other than to pass it on to our residents," said Arnold's Cove Mayor Tom Osbourne.

Cost is the biggest concern about the waste management plan in the works for eastern Newfoundland.

When things are up and running, people who lead communities from Clarenville east wonder what they'll pay to bring waste to the regional landfill at Robin Hood Bay, as well as the amount they'll fork out to offer residents programs such as recycling.

"Obviously, there are going to be additional costs, and we've got no other way to recover them other than to pass it on to our residents," said Arnold's Cove Mayor Tom Osbourne.

The Eastern Waste Management committee is working on the scheme and will present its plan to the province in March. The board was struck in 2008 by the minister of Municipal Affairs to modernize waste disposal in the region.

The objective is to divert 50 per cent of the waste going into landfills by 2015.

But such an initiative - which involves, among other things, closing 42 other landfills, plus offering services such as recycling at Robin Hood Bay - comes with a price.

Ken Kelly, chairman of the board, is well aware of the cost concerns and said the final numbers aren't ready.

Quoting a figure he believes the minister of Municipal Affairs uses, he says the goal is to run between $150 and $200 per household.

The cost won't all be new, as it will include what communities now pay for waste management.

Kelly said the committee is doing what it can to keep costs reasonable. He said the charge for dumping recyclables, organics and fibres will be $20 per tonne, while the price of dumping waste in the landfill - which has more than doubled in recent years - will be $51 per tonne or more.

The $150-$200 figure per household would double what Arnold's Cove spends on garbage collection, Osbourne said.

"I guess there's not a lot we can do about it. The only thing we can do is try to encourage people to take out their recycling, compost and things like that. So instead of sending, as a number, 100 tonnes of waste to the landfill, we can reduce it down to 50."

Kelly concurred that reducing what's sent to Robin Hood Bay through programs such as community composting will be the way to manage costs.

"If the waste is source separated in the community ... and is dealt with in an appropriate manner through composting, they are not paying a tipping fee, they are not paying a transportation fee, it's a huge savings for them."

Another way for communities to save, Kelly said, is through sharing collection services. That's something the committee has been facilitating and has accomplished in a couple of areas. Towns as far away as Arnold's Cove or Clarenville won't face as high a transportation cost as it might seem. The province says no one will pay to truck waste more than 100 kilometres.

According to Kelly, towns outside that distance will send refuse to a transfer station and the cost of sending it to Robin Hood Bay will be incorporated into Robin Hood Bay's tipping fee, meaning the price will be shared among users.

"I wouldn't consider it a subsidy," Kelly said," I would consider it the cost of waste management in the region. But it will be a sharing of cost."

Osbourne - who, despite his concerns, supports the waste management initiative - says it's going to be a challenge to get citizens buying in to the changes.

Kelly believes people want to take part, based on meetings he's attended.

"What you're hearing is, 'I go away to Fort McMurray, I've got to recycle up there. ... I go away to Toronto to visit my kids, I go to throw an aluminum can into the garbage can and all hell breaks loose. The newspaper goes somewhere, the cardboard goes somewhere. Why is it that everywhere else we go, we can do this, and we're not doing it home?'... People are saying, 'I want to participate. You roll out the services, I'll pay for them.'"

How will businesses be affected by the waste management changes? See Thursday's Telegram.

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Eastern Waste Management committee

Geographic location: Robin Hood Bay, Clarenville, Eastern Newfoundland Fort McMurray Toronto

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  • B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Good thing they cleared out the gravel pits, makes it easier to just back in and dump your garbage and takeoff. That is what is going to happen now, and anyone who thinks different don't pay attention to all of the illegal dumping being done around our province now. Thank Charlene Johnson for giving us all those convenient dumping areas. Why don't they use some of the recycling money they've been stealing from us all these years. What is that money being spent on?

  • marg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    the unfairness of collecting from the householder is just unfair. Why should I pay tipping fees for bags of disposable diapers----left there by people who are too lazy or inept to use cloth diapers.

  • derrick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    The collection fee for Upper Trinity South went from $60 per annum to $230.

  • Hernet
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Calm down James. I for one am a taxpayer, I am alone, I have a mortgage, and I find it hard to pay any extra costs on anything. We had a local garbage disposal site in our community and it was well maintained and looked after. I certainly didn't vote to have it took out of it for some pansies to come in a fancy truck to take garbage somewhere else. It's rediculous. And yes, for your information, TAxpayerII was right, there is illegal dumping happening already, and I don't blame whoever did it. Get a grip and don't be so selfish. There IS more people in this area besides you, news flash.

  • w
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Well the fees will be hidden in your municipal tax (if you don't pay now, you soon will) so dumping in a gravel pit won't be cheaper for you, you will still ahve to pay your municpal tax.

  • derrick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    The collection fee for Upper Trinity South went from $60 per annum to $230. And more garbage is is landing in gravel pits, the woods and along the side of the road. Great way to improve contamination and reduce landfills.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Listen to Mainlander, how Ironic,, half your garbage gets shipped to a nickle mine in Sudbury ( which is a ticking time bomb ) and the other half goes to Detroit.

  • Cornergirl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Charge by the bag/bin. We have 2 people in our family & put out 1 bag a week after recycling. The City of St. John's allows 10 bags of garbage a week per household . TOO MUCH.

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Really? I don't hear too many people saying they want to spend another couple hundred bucks on trash. All this will do is lead to more illegal dumping, just what the enviromentalists had in mind.

  • Sea Dog
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    oh goodie , more taxes , we now have $200.00 for garbage , $ 300.00 for sewage , in additional taxes each year , fantastic, now if we only did'nt have to buy groceries , we could survive . so now we have a cadillac waste management system , pity half of us cant afford it and my friend above is right , we can go back to tossing it in the woods , well done boys , pat yourself on the back . Its easy to talk when your making $ 150,000 plus per year , oh yes it's all rosy then , now what else can we drive up ?? the lunitics anr running the Asylum heaven help us

  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Steady on, James! I think Taxpayer was resorting to irony.
    Little as I know of human nature, however, I have to agree with him. For many people, out of sight is out of mind.
    Many people distrust anyone who promotes the environment, thanks to the efforts of people like PETA and the Sea Shepherd Society.

    Oh well, I'm off to enjoy a lunch of sea kitten and chips. T.T.F.N.

  • mainlander
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I live in ontario and have garbage picked up every 2 weeks. recycling is picked up every week. I have 3 blue bins - 1 for paper, 1 for cardboard and one for cans and I also have a green bin for organics. I end up with less than 1 bag of garbage every 2 weeks. I go home to NL and everything gets thrown in the garbage. it amazes me what gets wasted. the last paragraph summed it up - if you visit family/friends on the mainland, you recycle and you don't waste water (we get charged for what comes in and what goes out - running the tap, flushing the toilet, we pay for what we use). start hitting people in the pocketbook and increase the fines for dumping and they will eventually change their behaviour.

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Yes, taxpayer, the environmentalists really want illegal dumping. Curses, you found us out! Were you born this stupid, or did you have to take night classes? Yeah, waste disposal costs (in more ways than one). No one wants to spend more money, but as long as we demand to consume more and more, there will be more and more waste -- especially as fossils like you who shun reducing, recycling, and reusing. It's called taking responsibility -- something we teach our four-year-olds.

  • Eileen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Hey, B. They're going to need that to get rid of the tires!!!!!!!!!

  • B
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Good thing they cleared out the gravel pits, makes it easier to just back in and dump your garbage and takeoff. That is what is going to happen now, and anyone who thinks different don't pay attention to all of the illegal dumping being done around our province now. Thank Charlene Johnson for giving us all those convenient dumping areas. Why don't they use some of the recycling money they've been stealing from us all these years. What is that money being spent on?

  • marg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    the unfairness of collecting from the householder is just unfair. Why should I pay tipping fees for bags of disposable diapers----left there by people who are too lazy or inept to use cloth diapers.

  • derrick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    The collection fee for Upper Trinity South went from $60 per annum to $230.

  • Hernet
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Calm down James. I for one am a taxpayer, I am alone, I have a mortgage, and I find it hard to pay any extra costs on anything. We had a local garbage disposal site in our community and it was well maintained and looked after. I certainly didn't vote to have it took out of it for some pansies to come in a fancy truck to take garbage somewhere else. It's rediculous. And yes, for your information, TAxpayerII was right, there is illegal dumping happening already, and I don't blame whoever did it. Get a grip and don't be so selfish. There IS more people in this area besides you, news flash.

  • w
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Well the fees will be hidden in your municipal tax (if you don't pay now, you soon will) so dumping in a gravel pit won't be cheaper for you, you will still ahve to pay your municpal tax.

  • derrick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    The collection fee for Upper Trinity South went from $60 per annum to $230. And more garbage is is landing in gravel pits, the woods and along the side of the road. Great way to improve contamination and reduce landfills.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Listen to Mainlander, how Ironic,, half your garbage gets shipped to a nickle mine in Sudbury ( which is a ticking time bomb ) and the other half goes to Detroit.

  • Cornergirl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Charge by the bag/bin. We have 2 people in our family & put out 1 bag a week after recycling. The City of St. John's allows 10 bags of garbage a week per household . TOO MUCH.

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Really? I don't hear too many people saying they want to spend another couple hundred bucks on trash. All this will do is lead to more illegal dumping, just what the enviromentalists had in mind.

  • Sea Dog
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    oh goodie , more taxes , we now have $200.00 for garbage , $ 300.00 for sewage , in additional taxes each year , fantastic, now if we only did'nt have to buy groceries , we could survive . so now we have a cadillac waste management system , pity half of us cant afford it and my friend above is right , we can go back to tossing it in the woods , well done boys , pat yourself on the back . Its easy to talk when your making $ 150,000 plus per year , oh yes it's all rosy then , now what else can we drive up ?? the lunitics anr running the Asylum heaven help us

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Steady on, James! I think Taxpayer was resorting to irony.
    Little as I know of human nature, however, I have to agree with him. For many people, out of sight is out of mind.
    Many people distrust anyone who promotes the environment, thanks to the efforts of people like PETA and the Sea Shepherd Society.

    Oh well, I'm off to enjoy a lunch of sea kitten and chips. T.T.F.N.

  • mainlander
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I live in ontario and have garbage picked up every 2 weeks. recycling is picked up every week. I have 3 blue bins - 1 for paper, 1 for cardboard and one for cans and I also have a green bin for organics. I end up with less than 1 bag of garbage every 2 weeks. I go home to NL and everything gets thrown in the garbage. it amazes me what gets wasted. the last paragraph summed it up - if you visit family/friends on the mainland, you recycle and you don't waste water (we get charged for what comes in and what goes out - running the tap, flushing the toilet, we pay for what we use). start hitting people in the pocketbook and increase the fines for dumping and they will eventually change their behaviour.

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Yes, taxpayer, the environmentalists really want illegal dumping. Curses, you found us out! Were you born this stupid, or did you have to take night classes? Yeah, waste disposal costs (in more ways than one). No one wants to spend more money, but as long as we demand to consume more and more, there will be more and more waste -- especially as fossils like you who shun reducing, recycling, and reusing. It's called taking responsibility -- something we teach our four-year-olds.

  • Eileen
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Hey, B. They're going to need that to get rid of the tires!!!!!!!!!