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  • John Smith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Yes, you have to expect stink at a landfill, but not in your backyard. This is obviously related to the enormous amout of garbage comming into the dump, and the way they are covering it. Now the gasses are concentrated, and stronger. Intersting to hear Breens answer. I guess the people in that area better get used to the stink, and lower house prices. Maybe a lawsuit against the city is in order.

  • Recycling Advocate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    All the more reason to get excited about the upcoming recycling program this October. Check out the details on the city's website. On that note, my household has started recycling all metal, plastic and paper waste on our own. We partnered up with another family and pay a small monthly fee to get it taken for recycling. Long story short, our curbside garbage had been drastically reduced from about 4 bags a week to less than 1. If we composted we would have virtually nothing to put at the curb.

  • Peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Move to the West Coast....!!!

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Guess the council in Paradise is thankful they only have to put up with the aroma of burning coffee! And to Stop the Racket - why do you have to bring Danny Williams name into every article you comment on?

  • The
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    All the grandeur that some people think of the east end. What in the jumpins do you expect to smell if you live near a dump and with easterly winds.

    So much for the grandeur !!!

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I live in the East end (for over 5 years now) and this is the first year I have had any issue with smell in this area. Obviously I would have reconsidered buying here if I had known some new garbage processing method was being introduced. As another poster pointed out, I chose to avoid the West end because of the summer farm smell. Getting to the point where the whole city stinks in the summer time.

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Instead of complaining about the harsh smell coming from the area, we should be trying to come up with ways to stop using the landfill. Better recycling of all consumer packaging should be happening here. There is no reason why we as a city, a province, should not be recycling over half or more of what we toss out. If San Fransico can recycle 1/3 of all its waste with its huge population, why can't we?

  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Ah, the good ol' east end, home of the most expensive houses, worst weather and now this smell, which doesn't appear as if it is going anywhere soon. Don't understand why those who grow up there can't stand to live west of Portugal Cove Rd.

  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I would rather live AT the dump than buy a bungalow in the Pearl! At least the dump has side walks and doesn't border with da Goulds or Paradise! No offence.

  • Yo
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Stick the prisoners out there to collect for recycling like they do in civilized countries.
    Then put them along the highways.

  • Ken
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Ahh Classic the eastend and westend townies making fun of each other. A glorified bay town no matter what end.

  • Neil
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Garbage on the east end, crap on the west end, the harbour downtown. No wonder people don't like St. John's. No where to live sensibly....

  • Stop The Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    The best is yet to come if the Williams administration gets its way garbage from all over the Avalon will be dumped right in your back yards, commonly calle Robin Hood Bay. Great tourist attraction on on hot July afternoon. I bet the property values in some of the new sub-divisions in that area will drop drastically. Would you want to live next door to a toxic mess of rotten garbage?

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    St. John's wanted to control the dump site for Eastern Newfoundland, now live with it. Oh and a big thank you to Andy for his work on getting the Regional Dump site at Robin Hood Bay.

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    If you go to Robin Hood Bay, you stop at the first window and the guy inside says, Any metals, hazardous materials ? Regardless of your reply, the guy says see the spotter. So you drive 10 feet to the spotter, who says any metals, hazardous material? ... So instead of capping and reducing methane gas created by the landfill . St John's City council would rather see our tax dollars paying two (likely paid) city employees to do the job of one!... just one example of our councils refusal to examine their own inefficiencies but instead threatening to increase taxes. Why not better use our tax dollars and implement a curb side recycling program etc..

  • sniff sniff sniff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    If you build or purchase a house next to a dump, don't complain if the odors are not pleasant.

    Incidentally, I don't understand why people trip over them selves to live in the east end of the city. It is the coldest, dampest, foggiest and now stinkiest part of town. I guess at one time you were considered upper class if your address was east of Portugal cove road. Any way, enjoy the smell snobs.

  • HA,HA!! PROUD GOULlGAN
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I wonder how all of the well-to-do snobs and everyone else that turns up their nose at people from Goulds are handling the smell. Ill take the smell of cow poop for about 10 days a year over the smell of rotting garbage every day.

  • Brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I moved to the east end from the west end several years ago. While you can smell the dump from time to time, with prevailing westerlies it is not very often. It is not as often or as strong as the smell from farms in the west end.

  • C
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    What can you do? You need somewhere to store your garbage?

    The smell should act a a fresh reminder to residents to recycle, compost, and do whatever else you can do to keep stuff from going to the landfill.

  • Mr. Juanabee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    We're blaming the people of the East End for this, because they have expensive houses?

    When the sewage treatment plant starts to stink up the west end, who's fault is that?

  • Sue
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I do live in the East end of St. John's but do NOT live next to the dump. On a damp foggy day the stench is completely overpowering. Wherever I live in our city I should not have to be exposed to such toxic odors. It is not a garbage smell, it is a gas smell and it can't possibly be safe.

  • Old Man Winter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Petty petty petty petty petty. The ignorance contained in these comments stink more than the dump and harbor combined.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    When I used to live and work in Aberdeen, Scotland I was amazed at how dinky and small their airport was. Now, granted, they have made improvements, but as Aberdeen is seen as one of the most important North Sea oil hubs it was surprising.

    So, after chatting with some locals, I learned the reason why their airport development had stalled was because locals who had purchased homes near the airport had complained for years about the noises caused by incoming and outgoing aircraft and did not want any expansions or upgrades in fear or larger planes being used.

    Long story short, if you chose to live near an airport, learn to live aircraft buzzing over your head.

    if you live near a dump, prepare to smell it.

    If you live near the harbour, prepare to either see it or the back of someones building.

    Nuff Said.

  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    If half of the people complaining about the smell would Compost! Recycle!! that would take care of a great deal of smell.
    Plastic doesn't smell; we don't want it in our landfill either BUT.
    The smell comes from food composting and breaking down; so do it in your back gardens and have compost for your flowers,etc....that will take care of the problem.
    The City could have a compost site at the dump as well.
    In New Orleans you can bring compost to a site and receive compost for free.....they stockpile it on a concrete floor and rotate it will a front end loader. When its done they move it to another area for screening I think.
    I know N.Orleans is a hell of a lot warmer than the East end of St.John' s but probably they can pipe the methane gas under a concrete slab in a building and this could aid in the break down of the compost....throw in a few worms and everything will look after itself....Free compost if you bring in compost....Right!!!
    I can see Doc O'Keefe giving away compost for free...
    Think about it!!!

  • Roger
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    I'm glad all the garbage is going to St. John's, seeing as it takes everything else from this province. ie jobs, gov institutions, colleges. Pretty soon I'll have to drive to sin city to get a bottle of cheeze whiz!

  • 20 percent
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Heather from Newfoundland writes: Guess the council in Paradise is thankful they only have to put up with the aroma of burning coffee! And to Stop the Racket - why do you have to bring Danny Williams name into every article you comment on?

    ================================

    Iwould'nt doubt if the Racketeer is on the provincial lieberal payroll, could even be a psudonym for Yvonne herself.

    Is dat you Yvonne?

  • Goulds is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    PROUD GOULDIAN: are you on dope? You have it backwards my friend. There are only 10 days out of the year where 'da Goulds doesn't smell like cow/pig/chicken/Bidgood crap.

    I hate even driving by that sesspool.

    Give me the East End anyday!

  • John Smith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Yes, you have to expect stink at a landfill, but not in your backyard. This is obviously related to the enormous amout of garbage comming into the dump, and the way they are covering it. Now the gasses are concentrated, and stronger. Intersting to hear Breens answer. I guess the people in that area better get used to the stink, and lower house prices. Maybe a lawsuit against the city is in order.

  • Recycling Advocate
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    All the more reason to get excited about the upcoming recycling program this October. Check out the details on the city's website. On that note, my household has started recycling all metal, plastic and paper waste on our own. We partnered up with another family and pay a small monthly fee to get it taken for recycling. Long story short, our curbside garbage had been drastically reduced from about 4 bags a week to less than 1. If we composted we would have virtually nothing to put at the curb.

  • Peter
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Move to the West Coast....!!!

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Guess the council in Paradise is thankful they only have to put up with the aroma of burning coffee! And to Stop the Racket - why do you have to bring Danny Williams name into every article you comment on?

  • The
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    All the grandeur that some people think of the east end. What in the jumpins do you expect to smell if you live near a dump and with easterly winds.

    So much for the grandeur !!!

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I live in the East end (for over 5 years now) and this is the first year I have had any issue with smell in this area. Obviously I would have reconsidered buying here if I had known some new garbage processing method was being introduced. As another poster pointed out, I chose to avoid the West end because of the summer farm smell. Getting to the point where the whole city stinks in the summer time.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Instead of complaining about the harsh smell coming from the area, we should be trying to come up with ways to stop using the landfill. Better recycling of all consumer packaging should be happening here. There is no reason why we as a city, a province, should not be recycling over half or more of what we toss out. If San Fransico can recycle 1/3 of all its waste with its huge population, why can't we?

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Ah, the good ol' east end, home of the most expensive houses, worst weather and now this smell, which doesn't appear as if it is going anywhere soon. Don't understand why those who grow up there can't stand to live west of Portugal Cove Rd.

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I would rather live AT the dump than buy a bungalow in the Pearl! At least the dump has side walks and doesn't border with da Goulds or Paradise! No offence.

  • Yo
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Stick the prisoners out there to collect for recycling like they do in civilized countries.
    Then put them along the highways.

  • Ken
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Ahh Classic the eastend and westend townies making fun of each other. A glorified bay town no matter what end.

  • Neil
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Garbage on the east end, crap on the west end, the harbour downtown. No wonder people don't like St. John's. No where to live sensibly....

  • Stop The Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    The best is yet to come if the Williams administration gets its way garbage from all over the Avalon will be dumped right in your back yards, commonly calle Robin Hood Bay. Great tourist attraction on on hot July afternoon. I bet the property values in some of the new sub-divisions in that area will drop drastically. Would you want to live next door to a toxic mess of rotten garbage?

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    St. John's wanted to control the dump site for Eastern Newfoundland, now live with it. Oh and a big thank you to Andy for his work on getting the Regional Dump site at Robin Hood Bay.

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    If you go to Robin Hood Bay, you stop at the first window and the guy inside says, Any metals, hazardous materials ? Regardless of your reply, the guy says see the spotter. So you drive 10 feet to the spotter, who says any metals, hazardous material? ... So instead of capping and reducing methane gas created by the landfill . St John's City council would rather see our tax dollars paying two (likely paid) city employees to do the job of one!... just one example of our councils refusal to examine their own inefficiencies but instead threatening to increase taxes. Why not better use our tax dollars and implement a curb side recycling program etc..

  • sniff sniff sniff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    If you build or purchase a house next to a dump, don't complain if the odors are not pleasant.

    Incidentally, I don't understand why people trip over them selves to live in the east end of the city. It is the coldest, dampest, foggiest and now stinkiest part of town. I guess at one time you were considered upper class if your address was east of Portugal cove road. Any way, enjoy the smell snobs.

  • HA,HA!! PROUD GOULlGAN
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I wonder how all of the well-to-do snobs and everyone else that turns up their nose at people from Goulds are handling the smell. Ill take the smell of cow poop for about 10 days a year over the smell of rotting garbage every day.

  • Brian
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I moved to the east end from the west end several years ago. While you can smell the dump from time to time, with prevailing westerlies it is not very often. It is not as often or as strong as the smell from farms in the west end.

  • C
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    What can you do? You need somewhere to store your garbage?

    The smell should act a a fresh reminder to residents to recycle, compost, and do whatever else you can do to keep stuff from going to the landfill.

  • Mr. Juanabee
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    We're blaming the people of the East End for this, because they have expensive houses?

    When the sewage treatment plant starts to stink up the west end, who's fault is that?

  • Sue
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I do live in the East end of St. John's but do NOT live next to the dump. On a damp foggy day the stench is completely overpowering. Wherever I live in our city I should not have to be exposed to such toxic odors. It is not a garbage smell, it is a gas smell and it can't possibly be safe.

  • Old Man Winter
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Petty petty petty petty petty. The ignorance contained in these comments stink more than the dump and harbor combined.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    When I used to live and work in Aberdeen, Scotland I was amazed at how dinky and small their airport was. Now, granted, they have made improvements, but as Aberdeen is seen as one of the most important North Sea oil hubs it was surprising.

    So, after chatting with some locals, I learned the reason why their airport development had stalled was because locals who had purchased homes near the airport had complained for years about the noises caused by incoming and outgoing aircraft and did not want any expansions or upgrades in fear or larger planes being used.

    Long story short, if you chose to live near an airport, learn to live aircraft buzzing over your head.

    if you live near a dump, prepare to smell it.

    If you live near the harbour, prepare to either see it or the back of someones building.

    Nuff Said.

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    If half of the people complaining about the smell would Compost! Recycle!! that would take care of a great deal of smell.
    Plastic doesn't smell; we don't want it in our landfill either BUT.
    The smell comes from food composting and breaking down; so do it in your back gardens and have compost for your flowers,etc....that will take care of the problem.
    The City could have a compost site at the dump as well.
    In New Orleans you can bring compost to a site and receive compost for free.....they stockpile it on a concrete floor and rotate it will a front end loader. When its done they move it to another area for screening I think.
    I know N.Orleans is a hell of a lot warmer than the East end of St.John' s but probably they can pipe the methane gas under a concrete slab in a building and this could aid in the break down of the compost....throw in a few worms and everything will look after itself....Free compost if you bring in compost....Right!!!
    I can see Doc O'Keefe giving away compost for free...
    Think about it!!!

  • Roger
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I'm glad all the garbage is going to St. John's, seeing as it takes everything else from this province. ie jobs, gov institutions, colleges. Pretty soon I'll have to drive to sin city to get a bottle of cheeze whiz!

  • 20 percent
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Heather from Newfoundland writes: Guess the council in Paradise is thankful they only have to put up with the aroma of burning coffee! And to Stop the Racket - why do you have to bring Danny Williams name into every article you comment on?

    ================================

    Iwould'nt doubt if the Racketeer is on the provincial lieberal payroll, could even be a psudonym for Yvonne herself.

    Is dat you Yvonne?

  • Goulds is
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    PROUD GOULDIAN: are you on dope? You have it backwards my friend. There are only 10 days out of the year where 'da Goulds doesn't smell like cow/pig/chicken/Bidgood crap.

    I hate even driving by that sesspool.

    Give me the East End anyday!