Recommendations Set by the New Brunswick Residents
During the Environmental Council’s Public Consultation Program, the residents of New Brunswick expressed a clear desire that the 18 principles be adhered to in every commission’s waste management program and projects. From these principles, three broader principles were offered as overriding concerns, which were intended to guide the future development of all components within New Brunswick’s comprehensive waste management program.
Three Statements of Principle
- Public safety and environmental protection must be the primary considerations, at all times, in the planning and operation of all waste management programs.
- Effective public consultation and involvement in planning and implementation of new waste management systems in the Province are absolute prerequisites for success. To secure confidence, the public must have an opportunity to play a meaningful role in decision-making and overseeing the future operation of the system to ensure that public health and environment concerns receive maximum consideration.
- All governmental agencies in the Province must comply, and be seen to comply, with the New Brunswick Government’s Environmental Acts and Regulations. If a specific statute is found to be unenforceable, it should be either repealed, or amended to ensure that it can be successfully enforced.
The strong and clear recommendations that were stated in the report served as high but attainable standards for each of the commissions to comply with.
The residents of New Brunswick expressed the need to promote the establishment of environmentally acceptable and cost effective waste management systems, concentrating available resources in several large-scale regional projects rather than smaller sites. Under the Province’s new approach, regional commissions were established and given direct responsibility for all aspects of solid waste management in their respective areas.
The division resulted in thirteen regions, each guided by a Solid Waste Commission. All Solid Waste Commissions include representatives from each municipality, unincorporated area, and Indian band within its region. Each of the Commissions is charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing a regional solid waste program.
As a result of the sweeping changes to solid waste management in New Brunswick, residents were given the responsibility for their actions in their region. The user pay approach gave each of the Commissions the financial means for both the planning and operation of a solid waste strategy.
The Province produced a guide titled Regional Solid Waste, Public Information/Consultation, Stage 1- Developing a Strategy. The document outlines the necessary steps for the Commissions to follow while devising their solid waste management plan.
The first requirement of each Commission was to conduct a technical and financial analysis of various waste management options for their region.
The second requirement was to establish a two-way communications channel for the people in the region on all matters relating to solid waste management planning.