The provincial government announced today it will issue a Request for Proposals for an independent consultant to identify ways to address organic waste in the province.
A news release states the review will include options for various waste streams such as residential, institutional and commercial, types of technology or systems for processing, types of facilities, capital and operating costs and impacts on current waste collection.
“We dispose of more than 300 tonnes of organic waste in our landfills on a daily basis, representing more than 30 per cent of the province’s entire waste stream,” said Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation.
“The breakdown of organics in landfills creates large amounts of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses responsible for global warming. It is critical we find solutions for managing organics in our continued effort to reduce waste by our goal of 50 per cent and help reduce global warming.”
The Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy aims to reduce the amount of materials in provincial landfill sites by 50 per cent and to encourage residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to participate in waste diversion programs such as recycling and composting. The strategy also aims to reduce the total number of waste disposal sites by 80 per cent, eliminate open burning of waste at disposal sites and phase-out incinerators and unlined landfills.