Tempers flare at landfill meeting


Last Updated: June 9, 2010 7:48am


West Ottawa residents trashed plans for a new dump to replace the nearly full Carp Rd. facility at a public meeting Tuesday evening. Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Norm Sterling led the charge, saying local residents had already accepted enough of the area’s garbage. “It’s time for someone else to take this on,” he said to applause.

He set the tone for civility. “That’s bull,” he said, shouting down a Waste Management spokesman who tried to assure him that the new site wouldn’t become a dumping ground for garbage from outside of Eastern Ontario. After repeated questions, vice-president and general counsel Don Wright said Waste Management would take responsibility for potentially plunging property values and health and odour problems because it is “confident” these would not occur.

Carp Rd. site manager Ross Wallace said the new site will include collectors that will capture smelly gas more effectively than those installed in a retrofit of the old site. Waste Management says the new facility, dubbed the West Carleton Environmental Centre, needs to be built soon because the old dump will reach  capacity by September 2011.

The new dump, to be built next door, will accommodate 400,000 tonnes of waste a year for a decade. The existing dump handles between 25,000 and 30,000 tonnes per year. Ottawa generates about 1 million tonnes of waste each year. About 70% is commercial, which Ottawa’s Trail Rd. site does not handle, Wallace said. Much is trucked to sites in New York state.

The new site would have a capacity of 6.5 million cubic metres, versus 8.7 million at the current site. It would be about half of the current site’s 45 metre height and slightly bigger than its 35 to 40 hectare footprint. The next phase of the plan is to get Ministry of Environment approval. Wallace said it would be three to five years before construction could begin. “The disposal capacity of the city is going to be truly tested over the next two to three years,” Wallace said.