Wild Cove landfill now accepting household hazardous waste

Gary Kean gkean@thewesternstar.com
Published on August 24, 2015
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Sheldon Clarke, an employee with Western Regional Waste Management, poses for a photo next to used paint that’s available for the taking.

The long lines of people waiting to drop off their hazardous household waste are over in the Corner Brook area.

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, which used to conduct two one-day collection events in the city each year, is getting out of doing that.

Within the past couple of weeks, Western Regional Waste Management began accepting the same hazardous household materials at the Wild Cove landfill it now operates.

While there is a charge for dropping off regular garbage at the landfill, there is no charge for hazardous waste materials as long as they have been separated from other waste streams brought to the dump.

The service is only available for residential materials and not commercial.

“It just makes sense for us to be doing this where it’s now a one-stop shop for waste-related materials,” said Trent Quinton, who is in charge of operations at the landfill.

The MMSB is kicking in some funding to help set up the new service at the landfill. Household hazardous waste may be dropped off at any time the Wild Cove site is open, which is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Because it is now a regularly available service, Quinton hopes people don’t rush over with their materials once they find out about it. Western Regional Waste Management has not done a lot of publicity about the service because it is hoping to gradually establish it.

A household hazardous waste collection service will also be set up for the Bay St. George Waste Disposal Site, starting Sept. 1.

One other feature of the service at Wild Cove is that household paints that are dropped off will be collected, mixed and available for re-use by anyone who visits the landfill and would like to take some paint home with them.

“These are just two more services we have planned to offer and there will be more in the future,” said Don Downer, Western Regional Waste Management’s chairperson.

For more information, including a list of accepted household hazardous waste materials, visit: http://www.wrwm.ca