Statement by Ed Grant, Chair of the Eastern Regional Service Board re: Cabin Fees

The following statement is being issued on behalf of Ed Grant, Chair of the Eastern Regional Service Board:

“Our Board welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Graham Letto, regarding a review of seasonal curbside waste collection rates in the Eastern Region.

“Since 2009, the ERSB has worked diligently to implement the Provincial Government’s Solid Waste Management Strategy. Initially, the implementation of the Strategy involved the closing of all community landfills, establishing various residential bulk drop-off centres (waste recovery facilities), and the construction of a waste transfer station near Clarenville. These were all constructed with capital investment from the Provincial Government on behalf of all residents in the region. The ERSB then subsequently contracted with various municipalities and local service districts to provide curbside waste collection services in individual communities.

“Around 2012, the ERSB was faced with a decision on whether or not to extend curbside waste collection services into unincorporated areas and what is known as “cabin country”. The Board did not make its decision lightly. There was much deliberation and consideration of the various implementation requirements of any decision. At that time the Board sought guidance on the issue from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Board was given clear direction at that time by the Provincial Government and subsequently expanded in a phased approached over the course of five years into all unincorporated areas and cabin country.

“When setting the waste fees, the Board also had much deliberation and discussion. The Board is comprised of elected officials from communities throughout the Eastern Region, representing the interests of 270,000 residents. The conclusion of the Board was that each property should pay an equal amount which equated to $180.00 per property regardless if the property was a primary residence, secondary residence, cabin or trailer. The Board determined this to be the fairest way to charge fees to cover the cost of the regional service and the ERSB’s position was confirmed by an independent review by the Office of the Citizen’s Representative in recent years.

“Let’s be clear – the ERSB has acknowledged to Minister Letto, and all his predecessors that we are implementing their strategy, and if the Provincial Government wants changes made to the implementation process we respectfully request they give us that direction. If the Provincial Government wants a seasonal rate, we await that direction. To move forward, we will need to know specifically which areas are to be included in the new seasonal rate, as well as how much should be charged and when it should apply. We have pointed out the implications of having a reduced fee for seasonal properties in the past and our rationale for having one equal fee for all properties; however, we take our direction from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“To that end, we would like to clarify today that ERSB will follow whatever direction the Provincial Government provides, as it is our role to implement the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy as determined by them.”


Holiday Office Hours

The head office of Eastern Regional Service Board will be closed from Monday, December 24 to Tuesday, January 1 (Inclusive). The operational schedule for Eastern Waste Management is also available online at We will re-open for regular business again on Wednesday, January 2 at 8:30 a.m. We appologize for any inconvenience this might cause. In the event of an emergency, please call 709-579-7960 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you shortly. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our Board and Staff! We look forward to serving you in 2019.

Public Engagement


On Thursday, October 25, the Eastern Regional Service Board launched a public engagement initiative in Eastern Newfoundland to provide residents with an opportunity to provide feedback on regional services.   

Read our news release to learn more or visit to take the engagement survey today.

Fair Waste For Eastern Newfoundland


The Eastern Regional Service Board is committed to delivering consistent, sustainable waste management services to thousands of people in eastern Newfoundland. We provide year-round collection and drop-off services to both full-time and seasonal properties for $180 annually. This fee is calculated based on the total cost of the service, and that total cost is divided equally between every household in the service area. It’s how we get the highest quality service to the most people in our region, consistently and dependably. Learn more about our approach at

Notice of Service Implementation



The   Eastern  Regional  Service  Board  (ERSB) has  been   established   by  the   Province  of Newfoundland & Labrador  to  deliver  regional  municipal services in the  eastern  region.   The province has given ERSB the mandate to extend fire and emergency services into unincorporated communities and cabin areas.

Beginning January 1, 2017 ERSB will be implementing fire protection and emergency services to the property owners in the above-named areas. The annual fee for this service is $50.00.

Property owners will be able to call the provincial 911 Emergency Dispatch to request a response to any emergencies in the area.

The goal of ERSB is to continue to partner with municipalities and local service districts to extend fire and emergency protection to all areas of the Eastern region that do not currently have access

to such services.

Should you wish to contact us regarding any service we provide, please call (709} 579-7960 or email us at

Property owners are encouraged to contact to provide ERSB their contact information and property location.

Fire and Emergency Service Frequently Asked Questions

Eastern Regional Service Board Expands Regionalized Services to New Unincorporated Areas

St. John’s, NL. July 21 , 2016 - As part of its ongoing mandate, the Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB) is continuing to implement waste collection services in un-serviced areas throughout eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

For an annual fee of $180 - which is designed to cover the cost of the service - all property owners in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador will have access to weekly waste collection, biweekly recyclable collection, bulk pickup and household hazardous waste disposal.

"All real property owners require and use aspects of our services," said Ed Grant, Chair of Eastern Regional Service Board. "If unincorporated property owners do not pay for their service, it means other property owners within municipal boundaries are required to pay extra. We need to keep our province healthy and beautiful. It's up to all of us to take good care of the environment and ensure that generations to come are able to enjoy it just as much as we do."

The ERSB is made up of 20 elected officials and an appointed chair. It remains primarily focused on ensuring high quality, regionalized waste management services and facilities are available to all property owners in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, and that waste management processes ensure the long term health and safety of residents and the environment.

One municipality that has seen the benefit of this approach is the Town of Holyrood.

"In the past, the Town of Holyrood has experienced waste from outside property owners being left in our town that has to be collected and paid for by our municipality and taxpayers." said Gary Corbett, Chief Administrative Office, Town of Holyrood. "Since the implementation of regionalized waste management services in the neighbouring areas around Holyrood, we have seen a significant decrease in illegal dumping and litter."

For more information on the Eastern Waste Management, visit:


Opening Whitbourne Waste Recovery Facility

The Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB) has been established by the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador to develop and implement modern waste management practices in the eastern region. On June 7, 2016 ERSB  started operating a Waste Recovery Facility on Old Brigus Road in Whitbourne. The Facility will provide convenient and free drop off of bulk items for residents in the area including items such as; appliances, furniture, electronics, car and truck tires (with rims removed), construction and demolition debris, shingles. Some of the items the facility does not accept include: materials that decompose, food items, clothing and recyclables. The site does not accept material from contractors, dump trailers, double axel trailers, and limits residents to 16 visits a year. No commercial material accepted. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items and parameters around accessing the facility please visit .


Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Thursday: noon – 4 pm

Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm

For more information please contact 709.579.7960 or


Notice of Service 2016

Expansion of waste collection services starting summer of 2016.  Notices will start to appear in local newspapers with regards to the new service areas and canvassers will be going door to door in these new areas advising property owners of the service and the requirements.  In these general areas:

Southern Shore: Horse Chops, Hell Hill Pond, Cape Pond Road, Birch Hill Pond, Old Shoe Cove Road/Chance Cove

Southwest Avalon: Placentia Junction

Trinity Conception North: Pittman’s Pond, Western Bay Line, Perry’s Cove

Clarenville: New Burnt Cove

Trinity Bay South: Holiday Hill Road, Highway 81 Markland to Colinet Road

Carbonear: Chapel Street

In addition we will be canvassing and collecting data in the following areas in preparation for the implementation of service in the summer of 2017 (these are the general areas below):

Roaches’ Line unincorporated area

Hodgewater Line unincorporated area

Peak Pond unincorporated area

Ocean Pond unincorporated area

Goulds Big Pond unincorporated area

Maher’s unincorporated area

Brigus Junction unincorporated area

Middle Gull Pond unincorporated area

Isthmus: Fair Haven Road

The annual fee is $180 and any area that has service implemented part way through a year will be prorated for that year. The service includes weekly garbage collection, biweekly recyclables collection, and annual bulk pick up events.

Clarenville Waste Transfer Station Opening

The Clarenville Transfer Station (CTS) is a brand new waste management facility that opened its doors to the public on January 2, 2016. The site handles municipal solid waste, commercial solid waste, residential bulk waste and recycling for transfer to a regional facility. The facility is an important step in protecting the environment, improving waste management processes in the region and reducing costs.

Delivering Clean and Safe Drinking Water

A new community sustainability partnership was announced through Budget 2015 that will provide communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador with increased revenues and capacity supports. One of the priorities of the community sustainability partnership is to continue to ensure clean and safe drinking water for the residents of the province. Today, a contract to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that will assist in reducing Boil Water Advisories (BWAs) in Newfoundland and Labrador was awarded to Big East Engineering Inc.

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Provincial Government Announces New Community Sustainability Partnership

Building on the strong supports and significant investments the Provincial Government has made in our communities over the last decade, today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the outcomes of the fiscal framework review – a new community sustainability partnership. This partnership is more than just fiscal in nature; it will enhance supports to communities and strengthen the social and economic fabric of our regions.

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Sunnyside Waste Recovery Facility opens July 12, 2012

The Sunnyside Waste Recovery Facility (located adjacent to the Sunnyside landfill) provides an alternative for residents to dispose of acceptable materials as outlined below. 
The Sunnyside Waste Recovery Facility does NOT accept any waste from commercial operators &/or construction companies.