Council defers proposed dropoff rules for landfill garbage

Daniel MacEachern
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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.

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Geographic location: Robin Hood Bay

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  • Valley of Stinko
    May 28, 2014 - 07:43

    Scapegoat these humans so we may dump for free and beat the real estate bubble on our way home for the World Cup after-party with your Nickel deposit canverted to $, our jobs converted to poky, and the land converted to???. Daniel! Someone in long harbour, a crown-human, threw down a gum wrapper! Let's have them drawn and caricatured! Residents pay for this st johns dump, not J Galgay or D Breen or the writer of this Distractive MacFluffery! Business owners are residents. Hope Brook is a free Dump. The Xformer graveyard in new town, is a free Dump. Placentia bay is a free dump. The online archives of the Telegram used to be a free dump, now you pay to sift through it? The city is a free dump for litter skeets. We pay for residential waste facilities. Doc Okeefe needs to get a handle on these guys, they are raving, unconfined nuts! wait, Doc is as dumb as that gum wrapper himself. Oh my. Rot the place for all I care. My money will be spent in Vegas, and Florida, not in the far remote shitpit of Newfie Johns, still keeping things as clean as a bunch of inbred lazy stupid drunken pirates can, Eh? Get Old Harry on the go now, and some fracking. Why should the west coast be the best coast? They are what makes us look dirty! Scapegoat them !