Garbage business booms as flood cleanup escalates
The Saint John-area landfill is extending its hours, waiving tipping fees
Traffic to the Crane Mountain Landfill in Saint John has begun to swell with dumpsters full of flood-contaminated debris arriving from damaged households and local businesses.
"Typically on an average day we get about 210, 220 vehicles coming through," said general manager Marc MacLeod.
"Yesterday, we had 615."
Some of those trucks belong to Matthew Joyce, owner of JTR Dumpster Services, a private dumpster rental service.
On Tuesday afternoon, he was coming from the Saint John Marina, where the river had flooded the main floor up to a depth of three feet.
"This is some drywall and insulation, probably the fourth or fifth load today, coming out of that place," said Joyce.
The company is running with five trucks on the road and 75 containers out for rent, and Joyce said he still has a waiting list.
"I think for several months there will be lots and lots of tear-outs," he said.
"I don't see an end in the near future."
Dumpsters were also arriving Tuesday from the Kennebecasis Valley.
The towns of Rothesay and Quispamsis have encouraged affected residents to use them before contaminated materials start to grow mildew and mould.'
The extra volume comes at a time when the regional landfill's seventh cell is reaching the end of its capacity.
MacLeod said it won't be a problem. He said there should be enough space for all the flooding debris from 2018 and the eighth cell is almost ready.
The Crane Mountain Landfill begins its extended hours on Saturday. It will close Sunday, but open again on Victoria Day.
Access to disaster assistance has allowed the dump to waive its tipping fees for everyone.
"The reason for it is that they want people to put the debris in the right place," said MacLeod.
The province has discouraged property owners from burning any contaminated waste or dumping it illegally.
As of Tuesday, the entire province was under a burn ban.