Coalition Opposes New Dump

Waste Management proposal to nearly double the size of existing Carp Rd. landfill

Despite green components, project is almost the same as what was rejected in 2007

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (Ottawa) – Despite being slickly presented and packaged as a multi-purpose and green environmental facility, Waste Management’s (WM) proposal to expand the Carp Rd. Landfill, is essentially more of the same – a request for a very large landfill expansion. At 400,000 tonnes per year, over a 10 year period, the proposed new landfill would almost double the size of the existing Carp Rd. landfill. In all likelihood, at end of the proposed 10-year timeframe, the company would seek an extension – leading to yet another huge mountain of garbage to grace the landscape along the Carp Rd.

“In 2007, we provided WM with over 2,000 community-based comments on why a new landfill should not be built on the Carp Rd. site,” said Vincent Lavoie, President of the Richardson Corridor Community Association and active volunteer with the Coalition. “It’s obvious that WM is not interested in the community’s opinion and is very focused on maximizing its profits with a new landfill- all at the expense of the environment and the community.”

The WM project calls for some 400,000 tonnes per year of industrial, commercial and institutional waste from schools, hospitals and businesses to be dumped at a new site. That amount nearly equal to the 2004 maximum intake levels at the current site. The proposal also states a diversion target of 60 percent. That would suggest an annual intake of some 1.3 million tonnes of waste to the facility each year. This amount far exceeds the present needs of the City of Ottawa. Where will all that garbage be coming from? The Coalition strongly believes that this new landfill capacity will service other communities outside the Ottawa region. Furthermore, the Carp Rd. site remains a wholly unsuitable location for a landfill.

1. Odour will be a problem from both the landfill and the proposed organics facility. Within 3 kilometres of the WM facility there are thousands and thousands of residential homes as well as Scotiabank Place. Many of these homes and businesses were adversely affected in the recent past by offensive odour coming from site. The old landfill has since been capped with clay and is virtually closed resulting in less and less odour coming from the site. An active landfill will almost certainly lead to ongoing odour issues.

2. The Carp Rd. landfill is situated on highly fractured limestone that makes the local aquifers and groundwater vulnerable to contamination from the landfill. The protective liners that WM is proposing are not 100 percent foolproof. Further groundwater contamination will be inevitable. Meanwhile, WM has already been forced to buy or lease land to the east and north of the landfill as a result of offsite groundwater contamination from landfill leachate. The Coalition strongly believes that the full extent of groundwater contamination from the landfill is not yet realized.

3. Truck traffic related to the hauling, disposal and diversion of 1.3 million tonnes of waste per year will lead to intolerable levels of congestion on Carp Rd. – three times more than any previous landfill-related traffic volumes.

4. Exploding housing and commercial development will result in yet more conflict between the landfill and the growing communities in the surrounding areas.

“We are disappointed that WM has come forward with yet another proposed landfill expansion, despite the fact that that community rejected and successfully opposed two previous attempts by the company to get community support for a new landfill,” says Lavoie. “Yet again, we will rally our community volunteers and send WM and the Government of Ontario a very clear message. We do not want another landfill on Carp Rd.”