Cabinet has given the green light to the Outline Business Case for the Integrated Solid Waste Management System, and the procurement process is now underway.
Premier Alden McLaughlin made the announcement yesterday as he hosted reporters on a bus tour of the new-look Mount Trashmore.
The tour showcased new landfill practices on the dump’s working face, new equipment, and what will soon become the country’s first material recovery facility, or MRF, basically, a fancy term for recycling centre.
The Premier also announced government is buying 12 acres of nearby land to accommodate future components of the solid waste plan.
“I think we are making a great deal of progress. We’ll probably have to purchase as much as another 20 acres to make it all happen, but I hope today has given the media a clear indication that not only is the government very serious about this but that we’ve made immense progress over the years, and that this is really going to happen,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
Government believes Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and convert what’s left to energy is a sustainable solution, but one that necessitates a public/private partnership.
Government hopes to have a contract signed with a partner – or partners – by next March.