DEER LAKE The town is awaiting feedback from communities in the surrounding areas with regard to whether or not the Deer Lake landfill will deal with outside solid waste.
Coun. Elmo Bingle, public works committee member, said other communities are writing up their waste management costs and will present them at the next meeting of the Western Hills Waste Management Committee, which will take place next month.
According to the provincial plan, smaller local dump sites are scheduled to be closed at the end of this year and the committee is looking at making Deer Lake a regional site for communities as far away as the Gros Morne area.
Whether the communities will use their own contractors to bring in their garbage or depend on Deer Lake to collect it remains to be seen.
“We’re waiting on the various communities to come back to us with their costs, what it’s costing them to dispose of waste, so we can get an idea of where we are with it,” he said. “We have to (find out if) all communities are on board with one general contractor of if they want to do it all on their own and bring it all to the Deer Lake site.”
The next meeting will be held on June 7.
Mayor Dean Ball said he was pleased with the meeting, and that unlike in past months, the plan seems to be moving at a faster pace.
The ultimate goal of the provincial waste management plan is to eliminate the smaller waste sites and install either two or three large facilities in the eastern, central and possibly western areas.
Deer Lake’s waste site could run out of room in about four years, facilitating the need for expansion of the site.