In 2002 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released a province-wide Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy designed to result in long term solutions for modern waste management in our province - for the benefit of our environment, our communities, and our residents. The Strategy followed an extensive public consultation process that indicated strong public support for a new approach to waste management in our province. The report that followed the public consultation, A Call to Action for Environmental Protection, was instrumental in designing the Strategy.
The Strategy aims to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills in the province by 50 per cent through the development of new waste diversion programs and to reduce the number of waste sites in the province by at least 80%. It is expected that full implementation of the strategy will occur by 2020 – although significant advances are being made now and the majority of our population will be participating in modern waste management systems by 2012.
Estimated at approximately $200 Million, in May of 2007 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced its implementation and funding plan for the Strategy. Capital costs of the infrastructure required for implementation is being supported through an allocation of federal gas tax revenue as well as allocations from the Department of Municipal Affairs annual capital works budget.
The province is currently divided into 13 waste management regions plus several isolated communities that are only accessible by boat or plane.
For the Island portion of the Province, the Strategy will introduce three full-service regional waste management facilities in the Avalon, Central and Western regions – known as host regions. While non-host regions may have various types of waste management infrastructure such as transfer stations and local composting facilities, only the host regions will contain landfills for final waste disposal.
Government recognizes that Labrador and isolated communities have unique challenges in the implementation of modern waste management practices. Government will engage with municipal leaders in these areas to develop waste management programs that meet the challenges while also ensuring that they contribute to the overall objectives of the Strategy. Over the coming months and years provincial and local levels of government, including the Nunatsiavut Government, will work collaboratively to outline an appropriate action plan for Labrador and isolated communities.
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