Greater Toronto Area eyes Ottawa Landfills to Waste!
GTA EYES OTTAWA LANDFILLS TO WASTE!
June 4, 2015:
The Capital Region Citizens Coalition for the Protection of the Environment (CRCCPE), and the Citizens’ Environmental Stewardship Association – East of Ottawa (CESA-EO), would like to bring your attention to a York Region report entitled Residuals Management Strategy: http://sm4rtliving.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Residuals_Management_Strategy.pdf The report describes York Region’s stance against more landfills in their jurisdiction, while suggesting other regions could absorb their waste instead. In particular, page 12 identifies existing landfills as well as applications for new landfills in the Ottawa area, including the Taggart-Miller CRRRC landfill proposed for East Ottawa, as a potential recipient of York’s waste.
Ottawa and the Eastern Ontario Region currently have sufficient landfill capacity to meet local long term waste disposal requirements, but other areas such as the GTA and surrounding regions have a real need for additional residual waste disposal. Are they looking at Ottawa to dump their trash?
The City of Ottawa’s Environment Committee met April 21, 2015 to discuss and approve staff comments on the Final Environmental Assessment prepared by Taggart-Miller for their proposed Ottawa landfill. The York Region Waste Manager attended this meeting and provided his support for Miller and their CRRRC landfill project. Given the current waste problem in York Region, and the report cited above, it would appear they may have a vested interest in seeing the Taggart Miller Landfill in Ottawa move forward.
The City of Ottawa asked the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to limit the catchment area for the Carp landfill expansion and this recommendation was ignored by the MOECC. The same request to limit catchment area has now been put forward by the City for the proposed Taggart-Miller landfill. Why would the City fare any better a second time around?
Our Citizen Environmental groups know it is time to ask: will the City of Ottawa issue a clear statement indicating that we DO NOT WANT another landfill?
Welcome to Ottawa the Dump Capital of Ontario !!