CNWM manager Edward Evans said, “We have the plans ready to begin construction on the MRF. The goal is to see its completion by the fall of this year.”
The purpose of the MRF is to remove materials out of the waste collected that can be reused or resold. Items with some market value will be processed at the MRF instead of going to the landfill site. These include, but are not limited to, cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum.
The MRF will be semi-automatic which means that whatever in the facility can be done by machinery will. The completion of the MRF will produce employment as well with about 30 to 40 people employed upon completion of Phase II. Currently the jobs at the CNWM require tradespeople, but there will be a labour component added which will provide opportunities to those without trades.
This facility is just one more step in reducing the amount of waste going into the lined landfill each year. By the year 2020 the CNWM would like the amount of waste reduced by 50 per cent. This facility is expected to cost about $12 million dollars to complete.
The second part of Phase II includes the addition of a compost facility with an estimated completion cost of $28 million dollars. The CNWM would like to produce a class A compost. This type of compost is of high quality and can be sold to farms, greenhouses and any other business that uses fertilizer. Class B compost is suitable for covering up waste and is not for resale. After the government completes its own study it will determine what type of composting will be done at the CNWM facility.
The CNWM is also developing an industrial park at the facility. Businesses involved with waste management or waste disposal could set up their business at the CNWM.
Mr. Evans said, “We have the industrial park and there has been interest expressed by some businesses already.”
There is more to the CNWM than just waste disposal. In the administration building the staff run the day-to-day operations of the facility and educate people on how to dispose of their waste in the proper manner. The CNWM aims to collect and dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way that reduces, reuses and recycles as much of the materials that come to the facility as possible.
In April 2002 the Department of Environment proposed its Newfoundland and Labrador Waste Management Strategy. According to this document “The Provincial Waste Management Strategy is premised on five primary actions which will enable our province to have modern waste management. Those actions are: increasing waste diversion, establishing waste management regions, developing modern standards and technology, maximizing the economic and employment opportunities and public education.”
The CNWM success can be measured by the fact that they will meet this provincial strategy by 2015 — the estimated completion time of the entire facility — The provincial government has made a long-term commitment to proper waste disposal in central Newfoundland building the CNWM facility at an approximate cost of $88 million. The Regional site costing $64 million and the local waste management transfer sites and equipment costing about $24 million. The facility is also built on about 1,000 acres of land giving the CNWM a 200-year life cycle. The current CNWM facility has about a 50- year life span.
Mr. Evans said, “Long after you and I are gone this site will still be here doing the job it was built to do since the first day of operations.”