Bedford and Vicinity: Engagement Session 1

by Emily,

The event for Bedford and vicinity took place on September 26th at the Bedford/Hammonds Plains Community Centre. The second event will be held at the same location on Thursday, October 17.


The event for Bedford and vicinity took place on September 26th at the Bedford/Hammonds Plains Community Centre. The second event will be held at the same location on Thursday, October 17.

 

Event Overview & Summary of Key Themes

The bullet points below reflect the key comments, questions and themes we heard at the engagement session. The conversation was structured around the following questions:

  1. What do you appreciate most about the way we handle our trash in HRM?
  2. What is most important to you as we evolve our waste system?
  3. What values and principles should guide our future decisions?
Conversation Summary

What do you appreciate most about the way we handle our trash in HRM?

? Way ahead, state of the art

? % of things put in recycling and compost

? Diversion and source separation

? Transient population – FEP and WSF protect us

? They pick it up! (the trash)

 

What is most important to you as we evolve our waste system?

? Honor the agreement and take care of the people

? Move towards a zero waste system

? Otter Lake remains the same

? Maintain or improve education, operation and protection

? Stantec report is false

? Problem - no

green bins for apartments

? Truth about GHG? How much?

? Keep the commitment to the community

? Review and consider all information and transparency

? Clear bags

? More processing will not increase methane production

 

What principles should guide our future decisions?

*Please note that the below is transcribed directly from post-it notes collected at the engagement session. 

Honor the Contract

? Honor the contracts

? Honor contracts – Respect host community

? Integrity – live up to your commitments HRM

? Honoring commitments

? Trust – a deal is a deal

? Honor contracts and commitments

? A deal is a deal - LOLA!

? A deal is a deal – the local community

? Moral imperative to honor existing contract

? Respect CSC commitment, original strategy was brilliant

? Honor agreement

? Honor the agreement

? Honor commitments made to community around landfill

? Respect the CSC decision and commitment

? Honor commitment

? Honor past commitments

? The city made a commitment, let’s keep it

 

Education, Source Separation and Diversion

? Improve education, enforcement and communication

? More education in regards to source separation

? Apartment building owners should be held responsible for waste management

? Provide tenants with tools to recycle and compost with as much ease as home owners

? Emphasize source separation - education, enforcement, clear bags

? Citizen driven strategy to increase diversion and establish waste system

? Perfect source separation

 

Environmental Protection

? Environmental protection for everyone – host community should not suffer; they did not ask to be compensated

? Environmental protections

? Increase environmental responsibility and protection

? Environmental protection - liner

+ FEP + WSF + no organics

? Environmental protection

 

Transparency

? Transparency

? Give all points of view information from ALL reports

? Transparency! Equal time for all reports and executive summaries

? Transparency and consider equal footing for all information

? Full disclosure – focus on all reports Re: Otter Lake

 

Community Protection

? Community protection (FEP and WSF)

? Have some respect for your partners: the people of Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea and Prospect

 

Leave Otter Lake Alone

? Leave the landfill and Otter Lake alone

? We are not interested in changing Otter Lake

 

Use Clear Bags

? Clear bags

? Use clear bags

 

Additional Comments and Themes:

  • Trust
  • Ban Plastic Bags - use paper
  • Not about money
  • Extension past 25 years not supported
  • Get on with site selection
  • Make category B compost from WSF organics and use it beneficially


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