New private landfill wants Ottawa’s trash

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A massive new private landfill has been called for to collect Ottawa’s household trash as the city continues to weigh its options for waste disposal after the Trail Road landfill reaches capacity.

The companies behind the Capital Region Resource Recovery Center have applied to the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to accept residential waste from single-family homes. The proposed facility is already approved for commercial and industrial waste, recycling and more.

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Located on 475 acres in east Ottawa at the intersection of Highway 417 and Boundary Road, the CRRRC is still in the design phase and is not yet operational. However, once inaugurated, it will have a capacity of 450,000 tons of waste per year.

The City of Ottawa is developing a new waste management master plan, but “the CRRRC aims to be a key player in sustainable waste management in Eastern Ontario, offering one of the only integrated waste management facilities in the country,” said Denis Goulet, vice president. the president of Miller Waste Systems said in a statement.

Goulet’s statement added that the landfill had already received approval to collect trash from condominiums and apartment buildings, but was now asking to add curbside trash from single-family homes.

“By seeking this approval, the CRRRC will be better positioned to be part of the solution to the City of Ottawa’s current and developing waste management challenges,” the statement added.

But, Goulet clarified, the city has not committed to using the new facilities.

“This strategic move comes at a crucial time as municipalities, including Ottawa, face the challenges of increasing waste volumes and limited waste disposal options. We believe that adding residential waste to CRRRC-approved waste categories can play an important role in helping address these challenges,” Goulet said.

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The Trail Road waste facility, Ottawa’s largest waste landfill, is almost full. Ottawans currently throw away nearly 1,000 tonnes of trash a day, and the 200-acre Trail Road facility is expected to reach capacity within 13 to 15 years. By then, the trash will have reached the height of a nine-story building, the maximum allowed by the province of Ontario.

In a memo to Ottawa’s mayor and council on Thursday, Alain Gonthier, general manager of the city’s public works department, said the city was aware of the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre’s request to accept residential waste.

“While this is a private facility that has no relationship with the city from a waste perspective, staff wants to make sure council members are aware of any pending changes as this facility is located within the Ottawa city limits,” Gonthier said.

The city declined to comment further Thursday.

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Goulet said the construction schedule will be finalized once the approval process and design of the facility has been completed.

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