Council braces for costly landfill expansion
by Matthew Uhrig
North Dundas must expand or close Boyne Road dump
WINCHESTER – Short on alternatives, the Township of North Dundas will
be proceeding with an expansion application for its existing Boyne Road
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
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
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