Incinerator set to shut down

Aethne Hinchliffe
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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.

Organizations: Waste Management Committee, South Branch

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Plans

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Recent comments

  • philip janes
    September 02, 2011 - 10:43

    Well, it's finally came back to bite them the town council in the butt. Didn't anyone in their wisdom think that this day would come. I remember as a young boy growing up in Port aux basques, that their was so much contraversary at that time about setting up the incinerary in the first place. Correct me if i'm wrong but they (counsel) said it would be a good thing. Now on another note, on a reciant visit home they were back dumping garbage down near the old dump site .So why is it they have to polute any and everthing. I do not see the reason councel has to be in control of another place to be destroyed like all the unlawful dumping.

  • SWCgrown
    September 01, 2011 - 13:56

    Even though the one and only person to comment on the story seems to be environmentally conscious, they should probably gain some knowledge on the people of the southwest coast of Newfoundland. As I am a person coming from this area of the province, I can assure you that, even though not all people do it, there are some residence that do have compost bins outside their homes, and do recycle. Although, if the suggestion is there the residence should start to do that, then the recycling program needs to be revamped so that all residence do not have to travel to Port-aux-Basques in order to avail in that.

  • Faeterri Silver
    August 29, 2011 - 08:24

    Residents of southwest coast communities ought to consider thinking about how they might prepare for recycling of paper, plastics, tin/aluminum, and glass in bins for I am sure that will be coming down the road in the future too. Also, the making of backyard compost of kitchen scraps will keep this valuable resource from being buried at the dump site.