Waste diversion goal taking longer than expected

According to auditor general Terry Paddon's latest report, Newfoundland and Labrador will not meet the waste diversion target it set in 2007.
Auditor General Terry Paddon's report found that the province's waste diversion goal for 2015 would not be met. (CBC)

According to auditor general Terry Paddon's latest report, Newfoundland and Labrador will not meet the waste diversion target it set in 2007.

The hope then was that waste headed to landfills would be reduced by half by 2015 — but that's not going to happen.

Municipal affairs minister Steve Kent admits it's taking the province longer than expected.

"Reaching a 50 per cent goal does require all of the infrastructure to be in place to manage composting and recycling, along with the introduction of disposal bans, and new diversion and recycling programs," Kent said.

The minister said it will likely take another five years to reduce landfill waste. 

"We are working towards the 50 per cent waste diversion goal by 2020," said Kent who also pointed out that some progress had been made in diverting garbage.

"In 1992, we were only diverting seven per cent of our waste.  That was up to 28 per cent as of 2012.  So, we have seen significant progress," said Kent. 

The auditor general's report also pointed out that the steering committee in charge of overseeing the strategy had not met in two years.