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Garbage rules under review in Newfoundland and Labrador

A City of St. John’s garbage truck enters the Robin Hood Bay landfill site on Friday morning.
A City of St. John’s garbage truck enters the Robin Hood Bay landfill site on Friday morning. The provincial government is undertaking a top-to-bottom review of how Newfoundland and Labrador handles its garbage. - Joe Gibbons

First review of solid waste management strategy in 16 years

The provincial government is undertaking a top-to-bottom review of how Newfoundland and Labrador handles its garbage.

The provincial solid waste management strategy will get a full review for the first time in 16 years. The review will be overseen by Ann Marie Hann, the current clerk of the executive council. Hann was set to retire this year, but has agreed to make the review her last act before retirement.

Elizabeth Day, the current deputy clerk, will assume her appointment as clerk of the executive council – the most senior role in the public service – when the review begins.

Krista Quinlan will then step into the role of deputy clerk of the executive council.

The review of solid waste management will see a review of fees for waste management services, the cost of transporting garbage between regions, waste management in Labrador, environmental standards and all associated legislation.

While Hann will lead the review, she will do so in partnership with the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, regional service boards and municipalities. The mandate and role of each group in the provincial waste management strategy will be subject to review.

A timeline for the review has not yet been set.

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