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Infrastructure plan outlined for regional waste management


Western Regional Waste Management (WRWM) is advancing plans to construct transfer stations and drop-off facilities and develop a transportation system to manage solid waste in western Newfoundland.

A piece of heavy equipment works crushing and compacting garbage at the Wild Cove landfill site Monday.
Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star

Following a review of request for qualifications submissions in late 2014, the organization invited four qualified design-build teams to respond to a request for proposals as part of the final phase of the tender process. The closing date for request for proposal submissions is June 12.

Construction of the transfer stations will begin in 2016, according to Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Keith Hutchings, and about $30 million is being invested to complete the six transfer stations and three public drop off facilities.

A final decision on the successful proponent and project costs is expected to be announced in August, with construction of the transfer stations set to begin in early 2016. Transfer stations will be located in or near the communities of Burgeo, Hampden, Port aux Basques, Rocky Harbour, St. George’s and Corner Brook.

“Transfer stations play an important role in achieving sustainable waste management by enabling the closure of landfill sites, and also by accepting commercial and residential garbage, recyclables and household hazardous waste for transfer to recycling and disposal facilities,” said Don Downer, chairperson of the waste management authority.

A separate tender will also be issued for the construction of three waste recovery facilities to be located in Port aux Port, Bonne Bay South and Portland Creek. Work on that infrastructure is expected to coincide with that of the transfer stations. These facilities will operate as public drop-off sites, where residents can dispose of items that are not accepted as part of household collection services.

Beginning in July, public meetings will take place in each of the seven sub-regions to discuss the infrastructure plan and its impact on enhancing waste management services throughout the region. An announcement of meeting dates and locations will be posted online at www.wrwm.ca and promoted through local media outlets.

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