Residents asked for recycling thoughts
The City of Clarence-Rockland is doing well at stretching out the working life of its landfill. But it could do even better and now residents have a chance to advise the city about “greener” ways to delay the day when the dump has to close.
A public information session is scheduled for January 29, 6 p.m., at the Clarence Creek Arena’s mezzanine, on the city’s solid waste management master plan. Denis Longpré, city environment manager, hopes to see a good public turnout for the evening in spite of the sub-zero temperatures now finishing off the month of January.
“Any good program needs the help of the residents,” Longpré said during a phone interview. “Ultimately, we need feedback.”
The last review of the working life of the landfill was done in 2001. It projected a possible closure deadline of 2026. Since then, further reviews of the operating capacity of the dump have extended its working life to 2046. Longpré credited the city’s active efforts, with the support of residents, at recycling and diversion of some materials from the landfill.
“If we do our job right,” he said, “we can maybe extend it (landfill closure date) another five or ten years.”
The Thursday evening open house will feature information on other possible recycling ideas that the city could pursue along with some other options for extending the life of the landfill by reducing the amount of trash dumped there. A copy of the options and alternative ideas is available online at www.clarence-rockland.com.
One thing Longpré noted that has high priority on the city’s recycling enhancement list concerns organic household waste. The city is looking into ways to either promote more home composting or other “green” ways to deal with kitchen and garden waste other than dumping the debris at the landfill.