Council braces for costly landfill expansion
North Dundas must expand or close Boyne Road dump

by Matthew Uhrig
Press staff

WINCHESTER – Short on alternatives, the Township of North Dundas will be proceeding with an expansion application for its existing Boyne Road landfill.

It is all part of an option consideration process the municipality has been undergoing since being informed, rather unceremoniously, by the provincial environment ministry that the lone municipal dump was beyond its capacity load.

Truthfully, the scenario boiled down to two stages – shutter the landfill or expand.

During North Dundas’ Tues., Nov. 10 meeting, council members heard from Paul Smolkin and Yannick Marcerou, consultants from Golder Associates.

The current set-up sees North Dundas take in all manner of waste through curbside collection of recyclable materials, household and business waste, and some industrial deposits.

Had closure been the chosen outcome, the Boyne Road site would need extensive rehabilitation and would then resort to being only a transfer station. Waste would be shipped to the Lafleche Environmental site near Moose Creek.

In the end, though, each politician championed the site’s expansion. Simple math for politicians facing upwards of $18 million in expenditure for landfill closure, which includes costs for rehabilitating the property and shipping waste out of North Dundas.

Expanding the existing dump, meanwhile, is expected to cost considerably less, with a price tag set at roughly $7.1 million. 

Expansion would allow North Dundas to continue to operate as it does now, and keep at bay the debate that would no doubt begin had council voted to search for a new landfill site within the municipality.

Making larger the Boyne Road location, politicians were told, would require minimal effort in terms of land expansion as the dump currently sits on property with few homes nearby.

To move south on the site would require the obtainment of further property or at the very least right-of-way lease agreements to allow for the containment attenuation zone. (This is the area around a landfill where groundwater is contaminated, or at risk of becoming contaminated.)

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