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.
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.