Temporary trash pile growing in Wabush
A growing pile of trash has become an eye sore and is costing one Labrador town a lot of money.
In May, the province's last remaining incinerator in Labrador West shut down, however the new landfill site is not fully operational. Since there's nowhere to dispose of the trash, a pile of waste continues to grow Wabush. The only way to get rid of the waste is to ship it to the new site in Labrador City, however Wabush mayor Ron Barron says that's costing taxpayers a fortune.
"A tremendous cost. I mean every one of these loads that you look at here, its one hundred plus dollars for each load that gets taken up here. You're looking at $800 - $1000 a day. So add that up and it's very expensive," said Barron.
Labrador West has two landfills, but the one in Labrador City only takes household waste: not wood or metal. Barron says something needs to be done.
"We are here as a community trying to get this to work faster because it means some of the costs will come down. Right now we are maintaining two sites and that's not feasible. We need to have one," said Barron. "Government now has to start speeding up the process so we can identify and move forward everything to the one local site and do away with the extra cost that we are dealing with."
Barron says the town is also concerned about vandalism and stock piling flammable materials.