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July 17, 2017
The first phase of the new landfill at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre will start receiving waste in August as the current site reaches capacity. The new facility meets or exceeds all current provincial requirements for landfill design, construction, and operation.
Planning for the new engineered landfill was included in the 2012 Solid Waste Management Plan, with the recognition the current site will reach capacity this year. The $16.1 million project has two main components, the landfill cell 1 and a leachate treatment facility.
Cell 1 has an engineered liner system to collect and divert leachate to an equalization pond. The pond is also lined to prevent the leachate from impacting the surrounding area. From there it will be directed to the new treatment facility, which will remove contaminants before returning clean water back to the environment. An educational video has been developed about the landfill and can be viewed at www.cswm.ca/landfill.
The process to close the existing landfill has already begun. Approximately 70 per cent of the existing landfill surface has been fully closed with a series of layers to stop clean water infiltrating the landfill and generating leachate. The top layers of coverage include an organic layer and a vegetative cover. A landfill gas system has also been installed to collect and flare off the landfill gas generated at the site.
“We’re very pleased with how the transition has gone so far, with the gradual closure of the existing cell and the construction of the new one,” said Marc Rutten, GM of Engineering Services Branch for Strathcona Waste Management. “It’s estimated the approved engineered landfill (cells 1-3) will be able to accept waste for at least the next 20 years.”
Only select waste will be put into the first layer of the new cell to protect the liner system. Initially only commercial and residential municipal solid waste will go into the new site until a two-metre protective buffer is in place. During this time construction and demolition waste will continue to be deposited into the existing landfill.
“It is important that residents properly sort garbage to make sure sharp materials stay out of the landfill,” said Rutten. “Things like construction materials, or large metal pieces could cause damage to the liner. It’s going to be very important that we all make sure waste is properly sorted and disposed of, both to protect the liner system and to extend the life of the landfill.”
Information about diversion and recycling options and additional details on the new landfill cell can be found at www.cswm.ca/landfill.
CSWM Directors Marg Grant, Rod Nichol, Brenda Leigh, Bruce Joliffe, Maureen Swift and Roger Kishi touring the new engineered landfill site.
About Comox Strathcona Waste Management
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District. The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.
Marc Rutten, GM of Engineering Services Branch
Comox Strathcona Waste Management service