Being fair isn't a waste

Everyone has a role in keeping our province clean and beautiful. Our job is to make it easier than ever for you to do your part for the environment.

We’re committed to delivering consistent, sustainable waste management services to thousands of people in eastern Newfoundland, including weekly curbside waste pick-up and biweekly collection of recyclables, bulk garbage pick-up and hazardous waste disposal.

We provide year-round service 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.

Because we want to help keep our province clean. Fairly and transparently.

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Who is the Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB), also known as Eastern Waste Management?

  • ERSB was established by Government in 2011, and is currently made up of 20 elected municipal officials and an outside independent Chair, selected by the Board members.
  • ERSB is a self-funded, not-for-profit organization that neither receives operating funds from Government, nor provides revenue to Government.
  • ERSB is a Tier 1 entity and as such, all members are paid a daily per diem, only when doing Board business. The rate was established by Government for all such Boards, and it has remained unchanged for over 20 years.

What is the mandate of the ERSB?

  • To manage the new modernized Regional Waste Management System in the eastern region of Newfoundland, according to the Provincial Waste Management Strategy, including the Robin Hood Bay Integrated Waste Management Facility, a transfer station in Clarenville and 10 Waste Recovery Facilities for residential bulk waste.
  • To oversee the closure of all community dumps and incinerator sites. To date, ERSB has closed 41 of 42 sites in this region, which was an environmental imperative.
  • To provide curbside collection of waste and recyclables and in addition, collect bulk garbage, which typically occurs twice a year.
  • To collect household hazardous waste at various locations annually, supported by various volunteer fire departments that have the necessary training to appropriately handle household hazardous waste. We compensate these fire departments for their time and effort.
  • The Provincial Government has given the Board the authority to provide emergency and fire protection services, which will be initially implemented in the Salmonier Line Area in 2017.
  • We assist communities in managing their water and wastewater treatment systems.

When was the ERSB established?

  • The Board was established in 2011 to implement a long-term solution to effectively handle all waste and protect the environment by encouraging participation in sustainable waste management practices.

Where does ERSB operate?

  • The Board serves the communities and unincorporated areas from Clarenville east to St. John's, which represents approximately 280,000 people.
  • We collect directly from approximately 32,000 households on a weekly basis using a combination of external contractors and our own internal workforce.
  • The Board provides emergency services such as fire protection, emergency response, attends to motor vehicle accidents and other emergency response situations in the Salmonier Line area through a contract with the Town of Holyrood.
  • Under a pilot initiative with the Province, the Board provides water and wastewater treatment advice and assistance to approximately 17 communities in the region in an effort to reduce the number of boil water advisories in these communities.

How does the ERSB fund its operations?

  • The Board has established an annual fee of $180.00 for all properties to access the new regional waste management system. The fee is a combination of the tipping fee for disposal at Robin Hood Bay, the cost of curbside collection and a small administrative component.
  • All infrastructure included in the new modern regional waste management system is funded from the tipping fee at Robin Hood Bay.
  • The fee structure is based on the premise that all individual properties, full-time, seasonal or part-time all pay equally to fund the regional system.

Why does ERSB have one fee for all properties?

  • All properties generate waste - shingles, home renovations, furniture, appliances or household hazardous waste. Everyone shares equally in the cost of the system - it's the fairest solution.
  • If a seasonal/part-time property happens to be inside a municipal boundary, they do not receive reduced taxes because it is not their permanent residence.
  • The Board has looked at seasonal rates in other jurisdictions, both throughout the country and across NL, and while some take a different approach than the ERSB, we believe that our fee structure is the fairest approach.
  • Providing a reduced rate to seasonal property owners would result in everyone else paying approximately $15.00 more - that's unfair.

Visit easternregionalserviceboard.com to learn more about the board and its services.