Waste Check general manager Gus Green (left) and chairman Leland Anthony during Waste Check’s Feb. 10 board meeting.
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By Eric Bourque
While Waste Check is looking for less money from municipal units for the coming fiscal year than it thought it would have to, the organization is still seeking a combined $100,000 from the six municipal units in Yarmouth and Digby counties (Region 7).
Because of a reduction in funding from the Resource Recovery Fund Board, Waste Check had been looking to the units for $150,000 for the 2014-15 year, but it turns out Waste Check will be getting more from RRFB Nova Scotia than expected, so the contribution being sought from municipalities and towns in Region 7 is two-thirds what previously had been deemed necessary.
Waste Check general manager Gus Green says he is scheduled to meet with municipal chief administrative officers in early March to discuss Waste Check’s budget.
Typically, in the past, the municipal units would give a combined $100,000 to Waste Check, but their contribution was reduced to $50,000 for the current fiscal year.
Acknowledging that the municipal units themselves have tight budgets, Green says the units reduced their funding of Waste Check last year, a reduction Waste Check was able to make up for by dipping into some cash reserves it had. Given its current situation, however, he says Waste Check is looking to the units to bring their contribution back up to $100,000.
Waste Check’s budget was among the items discussed at the organization’s Feb. 10 board meeting.
Other issues included raising the deposit charged to groups using Waste Check’s recyclable stations during festivals and other events. Waste Check is looking to increase the fee from $30 to $100.
“There’s still no charge to use the containers,” Green said. “It’s just a deposit to ensure they’re brought back clean … It’s free to use them, but we just request the deposit to make sure the containers are returned in an appropriate condition.”
On another matter, Waste Check will be getting more green carts. The acquisition of 801 more carts (a mixture of two different sizes) will cost about $45,000, plus tax. The carts will arrive “hopefully within about six to eight weeks,” Green said.
There are around 14,000 to 15,000 carts in use in Region 7, he said. While the carts generally have a lifespan of about 10 years, he said, many of Waste Check’s carts are older than that.
Also at its Feb. 10 meeting, the Waste Check board approved Waste Check’s strategic plan for 2014-16.