Waste plan delayed indefinitely

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Committee headed back to the drawing board

No one will be seeing Eastern Newfoundland's garbage game plan any time soon.

The Telegram has learned the committee devising the regional waste management strategy has abandoned the goal of submitting its final plan to the province by month's end.

Instead, Eastern Waste Management has decided to weigh another option against the one it had been pursuing.

No one will be seeing Eastern Newfoundland's garbage game plan any time soon.

The Telegram has learned the committee devising the regional waste management strategy has abandoned the goal of submitting its final plan to the province by month's end.

Instead, Eastern Waste Management has decided to weigh another option against the one it had been pursuing.

"We've been building one model," committee chairman Ken Kelly said. "Now we've got to build another."

Struck by the minister of Municipal Affairs in 2008, Eastern Waste Management was charged with overseeing the "modernization of solid waste management" from Clarenville east. It was thought at the time that the cost of creating a waste management plan would be roughly $2 million, for committee expenditures and consultants' fees.

It had been focused on a system that would see garbage from communities on the region's periphery sent to a transfer station and then to Robin Hood Bay in St. John's. The goal was to hold a series of consultations on that setup and finish a final scheme by the end of March.

Now, they're considering what a direct-haul system would cost and entail. Under that plan, all waste would go straight from communities to Robin Hood Bay without transfer stations in between.

Kelly explained that the committee - comprised of municipal reps from throughout the region- recently decided it wasn't satisfied with looking at a single model.

He admitted he had no idea how long it would take to study direct haul, or the length of delay in finalizing a plan.

Eastern Waste Management's very existence has been questioned since its inception, as has its composition and the increased charges it's introduced.

As well, communities and residents are anxious about how they'll be affected by the new system in terms of service and cost.

While the delay will undoubtedly cause eyes to roll, it's the decision to look at the long-haul model that doesn't sit well with Fred Winsor of the Sierra Club.

"That's a bad move," he said bluntly.

Winsor feels the committee should be refocusing and looking at successful "separation at source" models where, once all the recyclable and reusable materials are taken out of the trash, the amount of waste that goes to a landfill is reduced by 80 or 90 per cent.

"And what happens at that point is the stuff is so benign - there's nothing toxic, there's nothing organic in it - so you could basically put it in a gravel pit. You wouldn't need a really high-tech landfill."

Kelly has defended the committee in the past, citing the amount of work done on the plan, the shutdown of small landfills and the community co-operation that's been fostered.

He argued that looking at long haul will be better in the long run.

"I think it's better for us to take our time and to more fully flesh this out and ensure that what we're putting forward is a valid option and the best option that could be recommended, versus trying to meet a timeline that we set for ourselves ... which we wanted to do and we thought we could accomplish."

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sierra Club

Geographic location: Eastern Newfoundland, Robin Hood Bay, Clarenville St. John's

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  • Ray
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Talk about a Lemon, You can't even spell St.John's.LOL

  • Taxpaying Chump
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Speaking of waste management - $2 million to come up with a plan on how to move garbage - and still no end in sight? Thanks for wasting my tax money government. With spending like this, it's no wonder that the Janeway has to beg every year for funding. Disgusting.

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    This committee is mainly controled by Sin John's and everyone knows they can't run a lemonade stand.

  • Cyril
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    It is a fact that we need to clean up our act when it comes to garbage disposal and recycling.There are thousands of models already in place and study after study done on this issue.Lets find a better way to recycle and dump our government tax dollars.

  • off the cuff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    This new waste Management system will cost the home owners of the Province significantly. As an example the home owner in Conception Bay North (North of Victoria) will have their cost of garbage collection increased for the area in the vicinity of $150,000 annually plus the cost of the prior collection and the cost to operate a transfer station. Trinity South homeowner has their cost of garbage collection increase from approx $50 per year to $250.00 per year under the new system. This increase in waste management is another step in the forced resettlement of rural Newfoundland by this Government.

  • off the cuff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Two Million pissed down the drain in adminstration cost and no results, is this another Government department with no end to the spending of our tax dollars? Better it was spent on constituency allowances.

  • mom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    I don't know why anyone thought that bringing garbage in to Robin Hood Bay would be either economically or environmentally viable. Perhaps it is part of a continuing plan to close down rural Newfoundland. Instead of closing the dumps in small communities and trucking out the garbage, why wasn't some thought put into having an extra pickup in small communities for recyclables to cut down on the amount of garbage being put into landfills? Other options could have been looked at before choosing such a costly venture. Sadly, I think that this will result in people tossing garbage in out of the way places. Previously, if someone wasn't home on garbage day, or they were doing home renovations, or for any reason they could go to the local landfill with their waste. Realistically, I don't think they will be driving all the way to Robin Hood Bay.

  • k
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    here in my small town on the north east coast , I don't think anyone well drive 70 klms and some as far as 80klm round trip to drop off garbage , let alone pay high prices to drop if of. average 117.00 per ton they say . if this new superdump does open it well come to the point that only those who are lucky enough to have moeny well be able to get rid of there garbage . Those who do not have moeny well Not get rid of there garbage . If you don't pay , your garbage well stay !
    sad but true

  • Leo P
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    The Province has ben trashed from end to end with the throw away mentality and lazy attitude of its inhabitants. Take a walk/hike anywhere and you'll find areas despoiled by carelessness.

    Halifax NS is a model of waste management for the whole country. Why look any further?

  • Ray
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Talk about a Lemon, You can't even spell St.John's.LOL

  • Taxpaying Chump
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Speaking of waste management - $2 million to come up with a plan on how to move garbage - and still no end in sight? Thanks for wasting my tax money government. With spending like this, it's no wonder that the Janeway has to beg every year for funding. Disgusting.

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    This committee is mainly controled by Sin John's and everyone knows they can't run a lemonade stand.

  • Cyril
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    It is a fact that we need to clean up our act when it comes to garbage disposal and recycling.There are thousands of models already in place and study after study done on this issue.Lets find a better way to recycle and dump our government tax dollars.

  • off the cuff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    This new waste Management system will cost the home owners of the Province significantly. As an example the home owner in Conception Bay North (North of Victoria) will have their cost of garbage collection increased for the area in the vicinity of $150,000 annually plus the cost of the prior collection and the cost to operate a transfer station. Trinity South homeowner has their cost of garbage collection increase from approx $50 per year to $250.00 per year under the new system. This increase in waste management is another step in the forced resettlement of rural Newfoundland by this Government.

  • off the cuff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Two Million pissed down the drain in adminstration cost and no results, is this another Government department with no end to the spending of our tax dollars? Better it was spent on constituency allowances.

  • mom
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    I don't know why anyone thought that bringing garbage in to Robin Hood Bay would be either economically or environmentally viable. Perhaps it is part of a continuing plan to close down rural Newfoundland. Instead of closing the dumps in small communities and trucking out the garbage, why wasn't some thought put into having an extra pickup in small communities for recyclables to cut down on the amount of garbage being put into landfills? Other options could have been looked at before choosing such a costly venture. Sadly, I think that this will result in people tossing garbage in out of the way places. Previously, if someone wasn't home on garbage day, or they were doing home renovations, or for any reason they could go to the local landfill with their waste. Realistically, I don't think they will be driving all the way to Robin Hood Bay.

  • k
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    here in my small town on the north east coast , I don't think anyone well drive 70 klms and some as far as 80klm round trip to drop off garbage , let alone pay high prices to drop if of. average 117.00 per ton they say . if this new superdump does open it well come to the point that only those who are lucky enough to have moeny well be able to get rid of there garbage . Those who do not have moeny well Not get rid of there garbage . If you don't pay , your garbage well stay !
    sad but true

  • Leo P
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    The Province has ben trashed from end to end with the throw away mentality and lazy attitude of its inhabitants. Take a walk/hike anywhere and you'll find areas despoiled by carelessness.

    Halifax NS is a model of waste management for the whole country. Why look any further?