SCUGOG: The Region of Durham is preparing to begin a pilot project to reclaim the lands at the Blackstock landfill for future uses.
At a meeting on Monday, May 30, Gioseph Anello and Darren MacNeil presented a plan to Scugog Councillors to mine the site and turn it into a “green site.”
“What we will be doing is we will be stripping away the cover and the topsoil, we will be landfilling the waste, and screening it, taking out recyclable materials,” Mr. Anello said. “We [will] also take away anything that is large, like concrete or wood or tires, any of that will be separated out and disposed of separately and we will end up with two categories of waste, the overs which is anything larger than 2 centimetres and the unders which is the organic and the soil.”
Mr. Anello added that the overs will be taken away to the Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) and possibly turned into energy, while the unders will remain at the former landfill site.
About 60 residences nearby the landfill site will receive a notification letter about the work. Mr. Anello said that there are many positives to completing this process.
“The landfill is an old dump which does have some contaminants that have migrated,” he said. “(Mining) will allow us to improve the groundwater that is going into the wetland, and it will allow us to recover the recyclable materials, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and we will reclaim that land for other use.”
Mr. Anello also told Councillors that the Region has done a site characterization study and is “very confident” that they know what is in there.
For the process to move forward, the Region must obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval Amendment from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, which they expect to get by August.
The work is estimated to take between four or five months to complete and is expected to begin sometime in the winter. During that time, the group expects to have about six or seven trucks going to the site per day.
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten questioned if there was any concern about the noise of the machine that separates the material into the two categories.
Mr. Anello responded, stating that their consultant had not expressed that concern.
“They did not indicate that noise was an issue, what we are most worried about is odour,” he said.