Land­fill ex­pan­sion

The Glengarry News - - News -

March 5 is the dead­line for the pub­lic to sub­mit com­ments on a plan to ex­pand the Laflèche En­vi­ron­men­tal waste fa­cil­ity near Moose Creek, where garbage from some 500 com­mu­ni­ties is han­dled.

If the proposal is ap­proved by the On­tario gov­ern­ment, GFL En­vi­ron­men­tal Inc. will add 4.2 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of ca­pac­ity and ex­tend the life of the land­fill by about five to ten years.

The added ca­pac­ity will en­able GFL to con­tinue to pro­vide dis­posal ser­vices for resid­ual non-haz­ardous solid waste to cus­tomers.

“Based upon the his­tor­i­cal and fore­casted fill­ing rate at the land­fill, GFL es­ti­mates that the land­fill will reach its ap­proved ca­pac­ity in 2019,” reads a sub­mis­sion to the prov­ince. The pro­posed un­der­tak­ing will be within the ex­ist­ing Eastern On­tario Waste Han­dling Fa­cil­ity bound­aries.

“Given the provin­cial tran­si­tion to a cir­cu­lar econ­omy is pro­jected to oc­cur be­tween now and 2050, the pro­posed land­fill ex­pan­sion will con­tinue to pro­vide nec­es­sary dis­posal ca­pac­ity in the short term of this pro­jected 30-year-plus tran­si­tion pe­riod,” ac­cord­ing to an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment doc­u­ment.

The land­fill, which is one of sev­eral ser­vices of­fered on the site, oc­cu­pies ap­prox­i­mately 66 hectares of the en­tire 189-hectare li­cenced prop­erty.

The ex­ist­ing EOWHF land­fill was pre­vi­ously ap­proved un­der the On­tario En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment Act (OEAA) in 1999. The EA that was pre­pared out­lined an over­all con­cept for the EOWHF which in­cluded de­vel­op­ment of the land­fill in two phases through four stages.

The to­tal ca­pac­ity of the land­fill will be ap­prox­i­mately 11.6 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres when fully de­vel­oped.

The EOWHF land­fill now pro­vides dis­posal ca­pac­ity to over 500 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across Eastern On­tario; the ma­jor­ity of these mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have long-term waste dis­posal con­tracts at the EOWHF.

In 2017, the com­pany was re­spon­si­ble for the curb­side col­lec­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 4,700 tonnes of res­i­den­tial re­cy­clables which were pro­cessed at the com­pany’s ma­te­rial re­cov­ery fa­cil­ity.

In ad­di­tion, ap­prox­i­mately 113,200 tonnes of res­i­den­tial source sep­a­rated organics and 47,600 tonnes of leaf and yard ma­te­rial were re­ceived from On­tario house­holds and com­posted at the EOWHF.

A fur­ther 180 tonnes of tires, 750 tonnes of waste elec­tron­ics, and 18,900 tonnes of con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion de­bris were col­lected at the site for recycling.

The land­fill is the only one in On­tario per­mit­ted to dis­pose of cat­tle car­casses.

RICHARD MA­HONEY PHOTO

RARE VISIT: On­tario Fran­co­phone Af­fairs Min­is­ter Marie-France Lalonde made her first visit to Alexan­dria Mon­day to con­grat­u­late Le Cen­tre cul­turel Les trois p’tits points on re­ceiv­ing a $35,062 provin­cial grant to or­ga­nize a youth rally in co­op­er­a­tion with Le Con­seil sco­laire de district catholique de l’Est on­tarien. The UNIS, or WE in English, day will bring to­gether 1,000 grades 6 to 12 stu­dents at the Sports Palace, the first event of its kind in the re­gion. Tina Char­bon­neau (back to cam­era), pas­toral an­i­ma­tor with the CSDCEO, ex­plains the event to (from left) Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MPP Grant Crack, cen­tre vol­un­teer Francine Dig­nard, Marie-France Lalonde and cen­tre di­rec­tor Ni­cole Ge­of­frion.

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