The Town of Massey Drive took another step in dealing with waste last month when it implemented a curbside recycling program for residents.
Mayor Gord Davis said the program stems from the provincial waste management plan that will eventually see refuse from the west coast shipped to a site in central for disposal.
He said the town wanted to find out what it could do to reduce the amount of waste it will need to ship and therefore cut its costs for disposal.
“We just took it on as a council to, I guess, basically to start before everything else did, because we knew it was coming anyway,” said Davis.
About a year ago it put dumpsters near the town hall for residents to dispose of cardboard and paper.
“And we were dumping them two or three times a week,” said Davis. “We were dumping a tonne of it.”
With the amount being collected, Davis said the town started to explore what was being done elsewhere with recycling and even looked at the programs offered by some communities in Nova Scotia.
Curbside recycling started on June 5 and the dumpsters were removed a couple of weeks ago.
The recyclables can now be put at the curb in clear blue bags for collection with the regular garbage by Murphy Brothers every Thursday. Just like in Corner Brook, the company uses a truck for collection that has two sections — one for recyclables and one for garbage.
“We just thought that we’d try this new route,” said Davis.
“The first week we did it we had more than Corner Brook according to the stats that they gave us,” he said.
Over the past three weeks. the average has been between 240 to 250 kilograms collected per week.
“It’s going great for us,” said Davis, who is pleased the residents have bought into the program.
“It just makes everybody feel great that they are doing their part for waste management.”
In addition to the recycling, Davis said the town is also trying to get its residents into composting and brings in bins to sell.
Outside of that, he said there are always groups around town who are collecting cans and bottles to raise money, which also helps reduce the waste coming from the town.
“With everything that we’re doing now with the composting and the recycling, the paper and the cardboard and everything, if we do our part with that we’ll reduce our tonnage a lot and it will cost a lot less money for that (waste disposal),” Davis said.
What can be recycled
Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
Books (hard covers removed)
Magazines and catalogues
Appliance boxes, large and small
Boxboard, such as cereal boxes and shoe boxes