A large incinerator in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador has shut its doors just weeks before the provincial deadline to cease open burning.
The Stephenville incinerator serviced 11,000 people from the area and nearby communities like Kippens and Cold Brook. It incinerated 8,962 tonnes of waste per year.
The facility joins over 50 other sites that have shut down in a lead-up to the December 31, 2008 deadline to stop the open-burning of waste.
The provincial government may extend some operating permits beyond that time, depending on case-by-case reviews.
“While the goal remains to have these sites closed down as soon as possible, we recognize that some additional time may be required,” said Dianne Whalen, minister of municipal affairs.
The goal is part of a $200-million Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills by 50 per cent by 2020. The strategy includes bringing in full-service regional waste management facilities in Avalon and the central and western island portions of the province. To reach its target, the province has also implemented disposal bands and waste diversion programs.
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