Petition against the Proposed Whitbourne Waste Recovery Facility
Eastern Waste Management currently has eight regions responsible for waste disposal for the Avalon Peninsula. Of these regions, Region 1 (Isthmus), Region 4 (Trinity Bay South) and Region 5 (Southwest Avalon) are responsible for waste disposal in and around the Whitbourne area. All regions use the Robin Hood Bay landfill as their disposal sites for weekly household garbage collection. These regions cover all communities on the Avalon Peninsula and provide scheduled bulk garbage collection.
For those who wish to dispose of additional bulk garbage, they may now transport it to one of eight satellite Waste Collection Facilities located in Sunnyside, Cavendish, Harbour Grace, Placentia, St. Joseph's, Old Perlican, Bay Bulls and Renews. They also have the option to transport it to the Robin Hood Bay Facility. Of the eight satellite facilities,We have confirmed that six were former landfill or incineration sites with the possible exception of Renews and Old Perlican. However,we suspect that these were also former landfill sites.
We understand that it is mandate of Eastern Waste Management to reducethe number of waste collection facilities to as few areas as possible. This isa quote from your site:"All other waste sites in the region will be closed according to the Department of Environment and Conservation’s standards to facilitate a return to natural conditions. It is then up to us to keep our communities clean and healthy!"
Based on the geographic location of these satellite facilities, we ask if it isnecessary to have an additional site located at Peak Pond when the distance from one facilityto another is no more than 50 to 60 km?
Since most, if not all, Satellite Waste Collection Facilities are located on former landfill sites, why consider constructing a new facility on clean non-polluted land?
Why construct it within 30 meters of a body of water?
Why construct it within a kilometer of 2 cabin communities?
This will, regardless of the best efforts available, result in garbage gathering in the forest around the facility creating a very unpleasant and dirty atmosphere for the area.
Also regardless of the fact that the facility is to be opened for 2 half days and 1 full day per week, the peaceful serenity of the country will be lost initially because of the construction and the equipment used on site and the resulting traffic to the site when the site opens .
With regards to the experimental composed facility, this too will create a most unpleasant atmosphere from the smell associated with rotting garbage. It will attract wildlife to the area that is now not present, creating a potential danger to cabin residents and children. Many people have put considerable time, effort and money into the construction and upkeep of their cabins and property. The construction of this facilitywill also undoubtedly reduce property values.
On behalf of cabin owners weask that you reconsider constructing this facility at the proposed location.