Municipal Affairs and Environment
February 8, 2019

The following statement was issued today by the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment:

Minister Letto Issues Direction to Eastern Service Board

As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, I have provided direction to the Eastern Regional Service Board regarding the implementation of the Provincial Waste Management Strategy in the eastern region.

The board has acknowledged its role in the implementation of the strategy and has requested direction regarding the issue of waste management for cabin owners in unincorporated areas.

As such, I have directed the board to:

  • Cease the collection of waste on un-serviced roads as soon as possible;
  • Going forward, limit all outstanding fees and interest (i.e. “back fees”) charged to individuals on their first invoice to a two-year period; and
  • Improve the board’s transparency, accountability, and engagement.

I have also notified the board that once the comprehensive review of the Provincial Waste Management Strategy has concluded, direction may be provided on other issues.

My recent correspondence with the Eastern Regional Service Board PDF icon and a statement from the board PDF icon regarding these issues can be found online.

The board plays an integral role in implementing the Provincial Waste Management Strategy and we will continue to work with them to improve services for residents.

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Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca 

2019 02 08                              3:00 p.m.