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Regional waste board considering service enhancements

The Burin Peninsula Regional Service Board is looking at improving services for residents in the outlying areas of its coverage zone. 

The addition of Marystown into the region’s waste system last year and the shift of the regional waste site from Molliers to Jean de Baie created added hassle for residents in communities further afield.

Unless they make the round trip to the Jean de Baie site, more than 150 kilometres in some instances, they have nowhere to dispose of asphalt shingles or other wood products from small home renovations or repairs.

The service board has an agreement with its contractor to pick up bulk items, such as sofas, hot water boilers and toilets once a month, but construction and demolition waste is not included. 

Chairman Harold Murphy said the board heard concerns from the Grand Bank and Lamaline areas and has some money set aside to address the issue.

The board will meet with councils in the affected areas in the coming weeks, he said.

“That has become a bit of a concern for all towns certainly,” Murphy said, referring to the exclusion of construction and demolition waste.

 “But the further you get away from the waste site, I guess, the bigger a problem it is, because it’s more of a nuisance for the individual homeowner to transport that stuff to site.”

Several options are under consideration, Murphy said, noting he hopes a plan will be in place by this summer. The board has to watch the cost for additional services, he said.

“We do recognize that it’s an inconvenience to residents and for councils, in the sense that, even with the bulk pickup, if someone changes a hot water boiler today and their bulk pickup was yesterday, then it’s on the side of the road for 29 days waiting to be picked up,” Murphy said.

He said the board remains on target to add the rest of the Burin Peninsula – Placentia West, Bay L’Argent and Terrenceville areas — to the system July 1.

“Whatever system we develop for the Grand Bank-Lamaline area, we’re also going to have to do a parallel one for down there,” he said.

Meanwhile, Murphy said the board is aiming to make garbage drop off at the Jean de Baie site easier.

The organization hopes to use some available site development funds to place several bins near the highway turnoff to the landfill. Residents could then avoid the roughly kilometre-long drive to the dump.

Commercial vehicles will still have to travel all the way into the site, he said.

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