Carlsbad Springs landfill developers hear city concerns

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By Lucy Scholey, Metro

The Carlsbad Springs landfill will not dump nearly two dozen tankers’ worth of garbage goop on an Ottawa wastewater facility, the project’s developers promised on Tuesday.

Taggart Miller Environmental Services gave their word to an environment committee: its planned industrial, commercial and institutional facility will not send 22 trucks full of leachate to the city’s wastewater facility, as was estimated in the environmental assessment.

The stinky sticking point for city staff and councillors was addressed at an environment committee on Tuesday. According to a city report, the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre (ROPEC) cannot logistically handle 22 trucks of leachate every day, five days a week.

Michelle Taggart, the director of development at Taggart Investments Inc., said the company would respect the city’s request to only send six trucks – or 180,000 litres – of leachate to ROPEC every day.

It was one of several city requests Taggart Miller verbally agreed to on Tuesday.

In four motions, the environment committee voted to ask the company to restrict the Carlsbad landfill boundaries to Ottawa, Prescott, Russell and Stormont Glengarry and strike a public-liaison group. The committee is also asking the province to spike its diversion rate standard from 17 per cent up to 60 per cent.

Taggart Miller may have verbally agreed to comply with these city requests, but the Ministry of Environment can take or leave the city’s feedback.

“It isn’t our yay-nay decision. It’s the province’s,” said environment committee chair Coun. David Chernushenko, who stressed the project is not a municipal dump, but privately owned.

The site is already properly zoned for an industrial waste facility.

The Taggart Miller duo – a joint company of Taggart Investments Inc. and Miller Waste Systems Inc. – is proposing a landfill and recycling site on Boundary Road, with a diversion-rate target of 43 to 57 per cent.

Between 300,000 and 450,000 tonnes of industrial, commercial and institutional waste would be trucked to the landfill every year.

“What we’re proposing to do is build a truly integrated system that will incorporate a number of recycling technologies in one location, as opposed to a hodgepodge of facilities that may be scattered throughout the province,” said Denis Goulet of Miller Waste Systems.

The landfill is still undergoing an environmental assessment.

If approved, construction should start within two to three years and the facility should open within five years.