St. John’s city council has sent proposed rules for residential garbage dropoff at Robin Hood Bay back to committee.
Coun. Jonathan Galgay, chairman of the city’s public works committee, introduced the proposed rules at Monday’s council meeting, to “eliminate any type of abuse” from commercial businesses using the free residential dropoff to avoid fees.
The rules would include restricting the size of vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs and vans up to one ton) and trailers (not longer than 12 feet). Anything bigger would be directed to the main landfill.
Commercial vehicles would be directed to the main landfill.
The rules also propose capping the maximum number of visits per vehicle at 16 per calendar year.
“We want to ensure that we alleviate any congestion for our residents that are coming to the site,” said Galgay.
But Coun. Danny Breen said some of the proposed rules aren’t practical.
“I understand the problems that the staff are seeing there, but I do have some concerns with these restrictions, or these new rules, because I believe they will affect the ability for residents to use the residential dropoff at Robin Hood Bay,” he said.
Not allowing vehicles with a commercial crest to drop off garbage wouldn’t be fair to people who drive vehicles from their places of employment.
“I think that’s something that happens fairly frequently, and that’s something that’s probably of value to the people that are trying to clean out their basements or clean out their garages,” he said.
Sixteen visits per calendar year wouldn’t be enough for many people, he said.
“A lot of people might miss their garbage day and go down with their garbage and throw it out, or miss their recycling day and go down and throw their recycling in one of the bins,” he said. “How about if you’re dropping in just to throw a TV in one of the electronic bins that are down there now. Is that included in one of your 16 trips?”
Breen moved that council defer the vote and send the matter back to committee. Councillors approved the deferment, with Galgay the sole vote not to defer.