Long-time Mayor and Municipal Leader Appointed New Chair of the Eastern Regional Service Board
March 21, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB) appointed a new Chairperson today from among the current members of the Board, pursuant to the Eastern Regional Service Board Act, 2012. Mr. Harold Mullowney, Mayor of the Town of Bay Bulls and long-time board member was appointed by his peers. The ERSB Board of Directors consists of 20 elected municipal officials from St. John’s to Clarenville.
“I wish to thank my municipal colleagues for the confidence they’ve shown in me by electing me as Chairperson of the Eastern Regional Service Board,” said Mayor Harold Mullowney. “The Board has a very important role in delivering regional municipal services, whether waste management, fire and emergency services, or other important municipal services. I sincerely look forward to advancing the Board’s mandate on behalf of all residents of Eastern Newfoundland.”
More information about the Eastern Regional Service Board can be found at www.ersbnl.ca.
EASTERN REGIONAL SERVICE BOARD RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S NEW WASTE MANAGEMENT DIRECTIVE
Board Chair Resigns out of Frustration Regarding Anticipated Job Losses and Government’s Lack of Support for Provincial Waste Management Strategy
March 19, 2019 – The Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB) released its response today to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s recent directive regarding waste collection services for cabins and seasonal properties throughout the Eastern Region. The Chair of the Board, Ed Grant, has also served his resignation out of frustration for Government’s lack of support for the Provincial Waste Management Strategy.
“As noted in my recent letter to Minister Graham Letto and Premier Dwight Ball, the Provincial Government’s most recent directive regarding waste management in the Eastern Region of Newfoundland will have a significant financial impact on property owners, it will negatively affect the environment, and most importantly will mean job losses in rural areas,” said Ed Grant, Outgoing Chair of the Eastern Regional Service Board. “Government’s recent actions are for political expediency only. They have shown contempt for their own waste strategy on the backs of communities and residents throughout Eastern Newfoundland. There are also indications that this is all about the transfer of wealth from one region of the province to another, with communities in the Eastern Region having to potentially pay for the transfer of waste in Western and Central Newfoundland. For these reasons I have served my resignation out of frustration to the Board of Directors of ERSB.”
A copy of the letter sent by Ed Grant to the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, as well as Minister Letto's recent directive is also available below.
The second directive received on March 8 from Government will potentially see 15-20 jobs eliminated in rural communities, and over $750,000 in annual revenue for the regional system eliminated by removing 7,500 properties from the current waste collection service. As a result, the Board could be responsible for liquidated damages for contract reductions, and there is the potential for an increase in illegal dumping in the areas affected.
“I want to thank the current Board of Directors and staff for their continued support and professionalism over the years,” said Grant. “I wish the Board well in choosing a new Chair of the ERSB to continue this important fight against Government’s appalling actions against municipalities and local service districts. The impact of their recent directive has been articulated to Minister Letto and Premier Dwight Ball, but unfortunately our concerns on behalf of the majority of property owners continues to be ignored. Minister Letto should allow the ongoing review of the Provincial Waste Management Strategy to be completed before making such significant changes to the current waste management system. If for no other reason than jobs are at stake in rural Newfoundland.”
On February 27, 2019, the Eastern Regional Service Board amended its Service Delivery Policy to exclude roads that are un-serviced for the purposes of waste management collection as confirmed by the Provincial Government. This change affects approximately 300 properties in the eastern region.
Any property owners on the roads below that have paid fees for 2019 will be refunded. Refunds will be sent via cheque on Friday, March 8, 2019, to the address that the Board has on file for the account. Any preauthorized debit agreements for property owners on these un-serviced roads will be stopped as of March 4, 2019. Anyone who has received an invoice for a property on roads below, please note that your 2019 invoice has been cancelled. A letter in this regard will be sent to all of those property owners whose addresses we have on file.
The list of un-serviced roads and the letter from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment confirming the list of un-serviced roads are included below. Maps of the impacted roads are available by clicking on the road name.
The Department of Municipal Affairs has engaged their colleagues in the Department of Transportation and Works to review policies that they have in place with respect to un-serviced roads in an effort to determine if additional roads should be considered. If additional roads are added to the list by the Provincial Government, this website will be updated and property owners will be notified.
ERSB Congratulates All Participants of Recent Landfill Fire Training Course
On November 19-20, 2018, representatives from the Eastern Regional Service Board and fire departments from across the province participated in a landfill fire training course at the Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management Facility. The course was instructed in partnership with Dr. Tony Sperling of Landfill Fire Control Inc.
The landfill fire training course was designed to improve the knowledge of individuals that manage municipal solid waste landfills and addresses the mechanics of landfill fires, the detection of landfill fires as well as methods to control landfill fires. Day one of the course included health and safety, communications, risk reduction and fire safety audits. Day two had a field exercise to give landfill staff and firefighters exposure to a real fire situation and the various tactical, logistics and health and safety issues that need to be addressed. Photos from the training and the presentation of a certificate of completion to Mr. Colin Rideout, Field Operations Officer with Eastern Regional Service Board, are available below.
A big congratulations to all participants, including volunteer fire departments and municipalities across the province. Also, a big thank you to our partners at City of St. John's, the NL Association of Fire Services, and the various regional joint councils for helping to get the word out about this valuable opportunity.
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 fairwaste.ca.
FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017
SALMONIER LINE AND SURROUNDING AREAS INCLUDING: MIDDLE GULL POND, SOUTH WEST POND, THE WILDS, BELBIN MILL POND AND OLD PRISON CAMP
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 email@example.com
Property owners are encouraged to contact to provide ERSB their contact information and property location.
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: http://easternwaste.ca/.
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 http://www.easternwaste.ca/services/waste-recovery-facilities/ .
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday and Thursday: noon – 4 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm
For more information please contact 709.579.7960 or
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
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.
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.
Eastern Regional Service Board, operating as Eastern Waste Management, has adopted the 2016 budget for the delivery of waste management services and the user fee structure that will be in effect in 2016.
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.
The Provincial Government will continue to invest in the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy with a plan to complete a province-wide network of transfer stations and waste recovery facilities by 2020 and develop full-scale organic waste management infrastructure by 2025.
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.