MNL Responds to Provincial Waste Management Strategy Review Report

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
January 31, 2020

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) is pleased to see some of its members’ concerns reflected in the waste management strategy review report, released Wednesday by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment. Concerns over the recommendations remain.

The report acknowledges that the waste diversion and reduction goals set by the 2002 Waste Management Strategy have not yet been met. MNL is uncertain as to whether the report’s recommended governance structure will move the province closer toward meeting those goals.

The report recommends that the 8 island-based waste management regions be combined to form two regions – western/central and eastern. Currently, final waste disposal sites are located in Norris Arm and Robin Hood Bay. Three of Labrador’s regions – western, central and northern – are recommended to remain as is. A southern Labrador region, including a regional waste disposal facility, is also proposed. New board structures, sub-regional advisory committees and amended legislation would support these recommended changes. The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) is also proposed as the necessary lead agency for the oversight and monitoring of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.

“Waste management is a priority and a concern for our members,” said MNL president Sheila Fitzgerald. “We were happy to be part of the consultation process. Now that the report has been released, we need to talk more with our members to get their feedback. MNL looks forward to being part of further consultations noted in the recommendations.”

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Deatra Walsh – Director of Advocacy and Communications
Cell: 709-986-2771 l email: dwalsh@municipalnl.ca

Gail Woodfine – Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
Cell: 709-725-1440 l email: gwoodfine@municipalnl.ca

MNL mailing address is
79 Mews Place, St. John’s, NL A1B 4N2