Re­si­dents as­ked for re­cy­cling thoughts

Vision (Canada) - - News - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

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.

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