It’s a warm, sunny August afternoon and smoke billows from the incinerator near Cape Ray.
But according to the town, this won’t be the case for much longer.
Port aux Basques Councillor Rick Farrell said the incinerator is slated to close late this month or early September - the earlier, he says, the better.
According to Coun. Farrell, who is a Western Regional Waste Management Committee representative and chair of the Southwest Coast Waste Management Committee, the area will become a temporary waste management site for communities from South Branch to Rose Blanche.
The plan is for the site to remain open for about five years, with community garbage schedules unlikely to be affected when it opens.
“The idea is to come in, dump the garbage and cover the garbage,” he said.
Coun. Farrell said six mobile fences will be set up for trucks to drive between to avoid garbage and debris flying around.
“There will be more constructed as needed,” he said.
In addition to an area for garbage, there will also be a section for metal refuse such as cars, washers and dryers.
Plans are close to completion, but Coun. Farrell said there are still some details to be ironed out.
For example, Port aux Basques has a garbage truck, but there will need to be a second one for the other communities.
“We’re going to have to go through the government process,” he said. “The (southwest coast waste management) committee is going to have to tell them what they want.”
Coun. Farrell said plans to establish a temporary site started in about 2002. He said what happens after 2016 has yet to be determined.